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The enigmatic entity known as Q remains one of the greatest mysteries of the universe, yet no one, perhaps, understands Q as well as actor John de Lancie, who has played Q on television for more than a decade. Now de Lancie and Peter David, the bestselling author of such novels as Q-in Law and Q Squared have joined forces to send Q on an unforgettable cosmic odyssey, toldThe enigmatic entity known as Q remains one of the greatest mysteries of the universe, yet no one, perhaps, understands Q as well as actor John de Lancie, who has played Q on television for more than a decade. Now de Lancie and Peter David, the bestselling author of such novels as Q-in Law and Q Squared have joined forces to send Q on an unforgettable cosmic odyssey, told from the mischievous trickster's own unique point of view. The Maelstrom, a metaphysical whirlpool of apocalyptic proportions, is pulling all of reality into its maw, devouring the totality of time and space while bringing together people and places from throughout the universe. The Q continuum pronounces that the end of everything has come, but Q refuses to meekly accept the complete termination of all he has known. Defying the judgment of the continuum, he sets out to derail doomsday at whatever the cost. Q is joined in his quest by his young son, little q, as well as by two displaced Starfleet officers. Snatched from the USS Enterprise ™ by the inexorable pull of the Maelstrom, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Lieutenant Commander Data have no choice but to accompany Q on a hazardous journey into the very heart of the vortex, where they will encounter wonders and dangers enough to render Q himself speechless. Almost. But can even Q, assisted by Picard, prevent the Universe as We Know It from literally going down the drain? I, Q is a wild and witty voyage through the secret soul of creation as only Q can tell it!...

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Star Trek: The Next Generation: IQ Reviews

  • Katie Paulson
    2019-02-28 18:29

    Disclaimer right up front: if you like Q, you'll love this book. If you read Star Trek novels for lengthy sci-fi gibberish and prose with multiple serious mentions of the Prime Directive, look elsewhere. Q's voice is captured so perfectly, it's ridiculously easy to imagine John de Lancie sitting next to you, reading it aloud. The attention to detail is what really makes the story, though, as the worlds Q visits are so populated with small, easy-to-visualize details, and it makes the fantasy world believable. (The humor helps a lot, too - I still think about certain lines whenever I write sci-fi.)

  • Steven
    2019-03-04 19:33

    "Think of the letter 'Q.' The symbol of our Continuum. You start at the lower right, and you proceed around it counterclockwise. You travel around and eventually you wind up right back where you which point you simply trail off."There's double punctuation, emboldened paragraphs, and giant fonts...but it's Q. There are bad jokes, puns, and lengthy asides to the reader...but it's Q.Existence itself is coming to an end, and the Continuum will prevent anybody from interfering with these welcome affairs...but it's Q!I love when the actor (John De Lancie) shares in the writing duties in books about the character they played. I thought this had the same flair as A Stitch in Time by Andrew J. Robinson, who played Garak on DS9. I can really hear the voice of the characters, and it's almost biographical--you'll get insights you would not have without them. This book is one cool read, filled with existential blues, and designed so the pages can be flipped really fast.

  • Jerry
    2019-03-23 15:40

    I, Q is, in many ways, Douglas Adams meets Gene Roddenberry. Although several beloved Star Trek: The Next Generation characters appear in this novel, Q's humorous narration is stylistically similar to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I've never really watched any of the Star Trek TV shows, but I have read several novels about Q, including both the ones by Peter David and the Q Continuum trilogy by Greg Cox, so I know how his character is, and this seems to be pretty true to form. Star Trek fans will really enjoy this one, but you probably won't understand it if you have no idea who Q is.

  • Christopher Obert
    2019-03-19 14:18

    I find Star Trek’s “Q” one of science fiction’s most enjoyable characters. I, Q is an entire story told through the words and actions of Q himself! If you enjoy Q you will find this story very informative, however, if you dislike Q, you may want to skip this book. It is above all else 249 pages of Q, and he never stops talking!

  • Bradley
    2019-03-21 16:23

    Ehh.. I wanted good things from this book.. but it seemed hurried and was written mostly in the first person. I like first person, but the pacing is totally offrhythm. It was so-so, but I would not recommend it personally. =)

  • DNF with Jack Mack
    2019-02-28 21:25

    Opens with a cliche, a note in a bottle written by Q. Q is not well thought out and the word choice is horrible. Tells versus shows.

  • Ty
    2019-03-06 20:37

    This is a ridiculous novel.Not because it is science fiction, but because of...actually for all kinds of reasons, but mainly because it has no idea what it wants to be.-Is it a Star Trek: TNG novel? Perhaps in the sense that fan-fiction novels are, because that's how this reads-like 8th or 9th grade sci-fi geeks got together and wrote this in stages over their summer weekends when they had no homework to get in the way. That means that there are references to a million and one characters from all over the Star Trek universe, even if they have no bearing on the plot. That means that the characters that do have something to do with the alleged plot, in this case Picard, Data, and of course Q are written more to satisfy the author's sense of "wouldn't it be great if..." instead of trying to capture the essence of the characters from the show, which of course is the reason we read TNG books. All three are so stupidly out of character in most of what they say and do that it feels more like a stand alone novel written outside of Star Trek that was shoe-horned into the Trek universe at last minute.And what nerdy, poorly constructed fan-fiction would be complete without "witty" cross-references to other nerdy passions, like The Princess Bride. (One of the most referenced movies, perhaps in all of everything.)Then again, it also gives the impression that it was written by people who had never seen the show. Data asking if he was still technically earning a "salary"?? Salary?? There is no money in Starfleet...nobody gets paid for their services!-Is it for children? It seems at times that it's supposed to be, with puns and double-entendre so strained and witless that it woudl have caused Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner and John De Lancie to leave the show had they been forced to enact any of it. Yet then at times one is forced to wonder...-Is it for teens or adults? Yes, when you consider Q's references to Yar's potential never being "as developed as she was" or wondering if Jadzia Dax ever "shaved." Shaved what, exactly? I'm not certain, but I think we are supposed to answer that question however we like.Then there is the appearance of mild swearing not permitted in the TV show, and occurring only a handful of times in the movies.-Is it an Athiest manifesto? Damn near. It's probably closer to that than anything else on this list. Q mentions just how absurd, stupid, pathetic it is to believe in any god approximately every two pages.-Is it Deepak Chopra? Technically of course, no. But far more time is spent on examine spiritual-but-not-religious thought and perspectives on the world, and the ability to shape the universe as we desire that one could be forgiven for thinking Chopra was an adviser on the manuscript. -Is it Forrest Gump: TNG? Some parts...Q being responsible for half the things that ever happened on earth has that quality to it.-Is it a stoner novel in disguise? Perhaps, given all of the cheap, shallow discourse held forth on complex deep issues between bizarre images inspired to make one go "the colors! the colors!" I can't be sure though, as I have never been stoned.I'm sure there are other types of books one could mistake this one for. Or maybe it wouldn't be a mistake; perhaps it is a juvenile mishmash of all of the above and more, with De Lancie's name and picture attached to make it just remotely worth the financial risk of publishing it. Who knows? Someone must. Who cares?I, Ty, do not. And all this coming from someone who has willingly watched every episode of TNG multiple times. I am, if not a Treker, than in the very least an avid fan of the TNG part of the franchise. Have always been, and will always be. That is why this, my first foray into reading a TNG novel, felt more like being sucked into a drain consuming the multiverse.

  • Chy
    2019-03-09 14:28

    The first time I read this book was about ten years ago, in a string of TNG books, so I sort of combined it in my mind with another Q book. Q-Squared, I think. I own that one, so I was going to reread it to see, but I discovered it's not in Q's POV so I got all disinterested.Because I loved Q's POV. At times, for a line or two, he'd remind me of Vlad from Steven Brust's Taltos series. And some of his asides were just right-on-the-money awesome. And I loved the way Q tells a story.I saw a review around here that had the term "out-of-character" in it. I had to stare at that. It's so not "out-of-character"---it's just so much more in-depth than the series could go. And that was awesome.There were lines and philosophies in here that made me go, "See! I think like an omniscient being!" Or, at least, "I think like a guy who played an omniscient being on TV!"Heh.I can't even express how elated I was to find as many jewels in here as I did. "Debauchery by an individual is deplorable. Debauchery en masse is a party."Dude, there's even an off-the-cuff, under-the-table, flat-out The Princess Bride reference. C'mon, now, how am I not gonna love that?I don't mind that so many of Q's references center around Earth, especially history your average reader would know. Most of the time, that'd be something to raise a brow at, but with Q, it makes sense---because he's obsessed with Humanity and because it just felt like he was going out of his way to make it relatable to a human. Maybe without even really noticing he was doing it. Or, at least, not acknowledging it. Oh, layers.Another cool thing was that I remembered scenes as I read them, from my previous reading, but I didn't remember reading them; I remembered seeing them. As if I'd seen an episode of TNG with these scenes in it. (I haven't met my quota for using the word "awesome" yet, have I? Because that's just awesome.)In honor of the fact that Steven sent me this book for my birthday, and thereby reunited me with this book I didn't even know I really needed to reread, I'm going to end with a favorite passage:" 'Then make it so,' said Picard. I love that expression! [...] He was someone who routinely believed in shaping reality to his needs. 'Make it so' basically translated to, 'Make reality into what I wish it to be.' "Oh, and one more:" 'The simplest explanation is generally the correct one.''Occam's Razor,' said Data.The Vulcan raised an eyebrow. 'Sutak's Fifth Principle.''Beethoven's Ninth,' I chimed in."How is it I didn't even remember until just now about the multiple ending puncuation marks?!? Because I hate those!? I kept trying to make myself feel like Q was messing with me by using them, but I couldn't quite convince myself. Still, not nearly enough to ruin the experience.

  • K
    2019-03-20 18:40

    Decent Star Trek book primarily focused on the TNG characters of the series. This is the second Star Trek book I have read that is penned (or partially penned) by the actor who portrayed the character from the show. The book was co-authored by the great Peter David. I, Q gives a first person narrative by Q, on events and his activities as the universe is ending. Supporting characters include his wife, son, Picard, and Data. Other characters who appear include Dax, the Grand Nagus, albeit both briefly. de Lancie (and David) did a great job of nailing Q and his mannerisms. There were even quiet a few jokes that were very funny. I, Q was very enjoyable and I would recommend it to any fan of Q.

  • André
    2019-02-22 16:33

    As it promises, it's one of the funniest and wittiest Star Trek novels of all time. I dare to compare it to "How much for just this Planet?". Written by John DeLancie (Q), it bears the (way better) English title "I, Q". Also some other members of the Q-Continuum appear in this book, for example q. If I ever want to read a Star Trek novel again, this should be my choice (I hope I'll remember)...

  • Sheri
    2019-03-09 18:30

    If you are a fan of Q, this is a great little book. The entire story is from his perspective, where we find he now has a wife, a son, and the universe is coming to an end. Seems no one ever has enough time, even immortals. With everything sliding into darkness, he has to reluctantly turn to two old "friends", Captain Picard and Data for help.

  • David Grenier
    2019-03-19 16:13

    You know that feeling when you close the book slowly after finishing just to sit and revel in how great you feel because of it? That's how I felt after reading "I, Q". The characters were true to form and easy to identify simply by their interactions and personality traits. The cover reads "Q's greatest adventure, in his own words" and I certainly have to agree. The plot is about the fight against the "End of Everything" and how Picard, Data and Q adventure to try and stop it. There's more to the story but I hate giving anything away. What intrigued me to buy this book was the fact that John De Lancie, the actor who plays Q, co-authored this book with Peter David. I figured if anyone could do this omnipotent being justice, it was De Lancie.From the beginning we get to experience the wonderful repartee between Jean-Luc and Q. All throughout the story there is a lot of natural character development along with some surprise interactions that leave you wanting more. Perhaps the greatest nuances in this book were the cross references. My favorite was when they come across Grand Nagus Zek. The actor who plays Zek in the TV show is the same actor who plays Vizzini in "The Princess Bride." Arguably his most memorable scene in that movie is during the "Battle of Wits" against Westley when he says: "You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The best known, of course, is never get involved in a land war in Asia. But only slightly less well known is this: Never go up against a Sicilian when DEATH is on the line!"Concordantly, Zek says: "You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The best known, of course, is never get involved in a land war on Vulcan. But only slightly less well known is this: Never go up against a Ferengi when money is on the line!"There are other little niceties throughout the book that kept me smiling and appreciative of the authors' style. There isn't much that I could criticize this book for except that there isn't a sequel. That's probably for the best though as the storyline doesn't warrant one. The same day I finished the book I went to the bookstore and picked up a few more "Q" books that are now happily sitting on my bookshelf. If you like Q, Picard and Data I can't imagine you would find fault within these pages. Q begrudgingly shows his vulnerable, dare I say, human side and it's quite endearing. If you want a great read worth your money, buy this book and don't look back. As for me, I have some new favorite authors.

  • Meg McGregor
    2019-03-03 19:15

    This was everything I wanted a book written by Q to be: witty, whimsical, and wildly entertaining!I also was struck by how sensitive Q can be!"Promise, (Father), ... you'll never leave us alone."There was an urgency to the request that I could readily understand.No one should be left alone. The solitude, the emptiness-- what it does to the mind and spirit--there is nothing in the universe worse than that. You may think there is... but there isn't. Not really."I whole heartedly agree. I am alone a great deal of the time and loneliness is everything Q described in the paragraph above.I am already reading another book by Peter David and it is promising to be just as fabulous as this one - Q Squared.

  • Lady Ozma
    2019-03-19 15:15

    We found this audiobook on CD at a sale somewhere. I picked it up and tossed it in the pile, but it’s so hard for me to listen to audiobooks. I love them, but I swear if I even LOOK at one it’s like party time in front of me. The kids just have a sixth sense. I swear they do!However, my blog did some fruity loops stuff yesterday and I had to clean up a bunch of code. Well that is just busy work so I figured, I could give this book a whirl. After all, it was only 3 hours. So that’s not too difficult.And the kids descended. But, I still managed to finish the audiobook so that’s pretty good. I’m fairly sure that this is only possible due to there only being a whopping 3 discs.So why this? Well, I have to tell you that I do love my Vulcans, however, Q is hands down my favourite character in the Star Trek Universe. He’s just so fun. You never know exactly what you are going to get when he pays the Enterprise a visit. You never know what he’s going to say, either. John de Lancie is just absolutely awesome in the role of Q.So imagine the treat to find a book that’s told entirely from Q’s point of view! And even better, I can listen to it from the voice of Q, himself! It’s like a Star Trek dream come true.The story is Q-riffic. What’s not included? EVERYTHING is included! It has to be, it’s Q! More or less, the story involves Q trying to stop the end of the universe. Data and Captain Picard get sucked into the fun because, well Q loves them. I swear, I’m waiting for Picard to dump a teacup full of “Earl Grey Hot” over Q’s head.So many good points, I can’t even begin to count them all. I think my favourite scene, however, is without a shadow of a doubt – The M continuum. Basically these people pop in on the Q Continuum and are like “Hi, surely you know us! What you don’t? Whatev. We were here first so Hasta La Pasta!” Only of course Q couldn’t stand for that.This gets five out of five stars from me solely for the reason that Q gets a smack down AND it’s read by Q. Honestly, you had me at the picture of Q. John de Lancie was the icing on the cake.

  • J
    2019-03-03 20:28

    Story Review:I, Q is the story of the end of the universe. The titular character Q, despite being omnipotent, is just as affected as the rest of the universe and vows to resist the end no matter what. Q chooses not to tackle the end alone but recruits his good 'friends' Jean-Luc Picard and Data of the star ship Enterprise.The story did not wow me. A thinly veneered metaphor of the Kübler-Ross model (5 stages of grief) acts as a framework for most of the story. The metaphors are often thick and ultimately the climax rests on Q being entertaining. This is ironic because the story for the most part, isn't.Another entry into the Star Trek pantheon of books that were written to make money but weren't allowed to do or change anything. ***2/5***Audio Review:This is where the value is. The audiobook gives a chance for Mr. de Lancie to inhabit the role he was born to play, the god-trickster, Q. He brings the full force of his acting, impressions and ability to emote through nothing but sound. To add to this wealth is the solid use of soundtrack and effects to add ambience to various scenes as the settings change.The only downside is that it is abridged, but the narrator pokes fun at this, telling us to buy the book if we want to know more in place of one presumably cut scene.Worth a listen to anyone a fan of Q.***5/5***

  • Patrick
    2019-03-20 22:37

    One of the best media tie-in novels I've ever read.

  • Thomas
    2019-03-13 22:27

    A very fun, very non-traditional Trek story. Picard and Data are more second banana to Q as the romp through the end of the universe. Not really romp as much as stay one step behind whatever is happening. Some really nice character moments and like I said little to no traditional Trek stuff happening. A nice way to spend the afternoon reading this story, check your head at the door and go along for the ride. The snarkiness of deLancie and the humor of David work well, and David's tongue-in-cheekiness is a little more in check.

  • Travis
    2019-03-22 21:39

    How did the actor who played Q on the TV show and the writer that has written several amazing Star Trek novels featuring Q come together and end up with a big pile of Q fan fiction...?There are some good ideas and scenes here but as a whole the book staggers around, going from wildly self-indulgent to weak.And man, these guys never met a tangent they didn't like, especially if it leads to a punchline.Too many jokes, too much name dropping, attempts to use ST history that mostly feels tacked on, Q swears a bit more than feels right and there's an ending which strives for clever and just feels okay, at best.Liked the stuff with Q's family and the idea of going big and cosmic, but the result is a wildly uneven jumble of a story.You are better off reading 'Q Squared'.

  • Emily
    2019-03-23 19:31

    This book doesn't even really deserve three stars, but I had so much fun with it! John de Lancie, the actor who played Q in a few of the Star Trek series, engages in self-absorbed (duh) first-person narrative. The book is full of rhetoric and some interesting plot "episodes," but the overarching plot can be summed up in a couple of sentences. Q makes some great observations about humanity and religion, but the novel is mostly an exercise in wordplay. The book would be better written as a short story. It's a quick read and a brainless one. Read it for fun, but if you're expecting anything spectacular, don't bother, or you're just going to get angry. Yay for de Lancie for having some fun and to my favorite Star Trek fiction writer, Peter David, for somehow reeling it in.

  • Mick
    2019-03-16 18:17

    For fans of Q, this is a blast!I found myself laughing out loud at several points of this very short ST:TNG novel. I'm not certain how much of the book De Lancie contributed to, but I read every word in his voice. I had commented to a friend that it seemed Q's dialogue was exactly what you'd expect it to be without the censoring of television. Not vile or unnecessarily vulgar, but he swears, on occasion, and it adds to the fun.The one HUGE drawback was editing. Just because it's a Star Trek novel doesn't mean it doesn't deserve careful editing. Seems this one received NONE, and it was damned annoying.Fans of Trek, and Q in particular, will enjoy this story.

  • Michael
    2019-03-21 22:14

    If you like Q, then you'll love this book. When I started listening to this book, I was expecting a good story about Q, as only John De Lancie can tell it and that's what i got. Q's voice is captured perfectly in this audio book, Q is one of my favorite characters.The attention to detail is what really makes the story, though, as the worlds Q visits are so populated with small, easy-to-visualize details, and it makes the fantasy world believable. (The humor helps a lot).I would highly recommend this book

  • Katherine Hayward
    2019-03-21 22:27

    Q, either you love him or hate him. I have always found him a little annoying, but this book is so well written I felt as if he were in the same room as me. The advantage of this is that the book is written by none other than John de Lancie, who plays Q in the TNG episodes. He writes with Peter David, who is one of my favourite TNG authors. The characterisation is so realistic and this is the second book featuring Q I have read. The first was Q in Law. This was an audiobook with sound effects and some very funny parts.

  • Andy Love
    2019-03-17 19:42

    I generally enjoy Star Trek novels (and have enjoyed Peter David's work in particular), but I did not enjoy this one at all. Perhaps its focus on the character of Q is the problem - he may be a character that works better in small doses. The use of the Kubler-Ross stages of grief template made much of the plot a formula, and far too much effort was put into setting up a joke that relies on knowing that the actor who played a particular character in Star Trek is well-known for playing a part in "The Princess Bride."

  • Rosie Alaska
    2019-02-22 18:14

    This is one mess of a book but I love it. It's hilarious and full of wonderful little references and character appearances. Did I know what was going on all the time? No. But did I enjoy it nevertheless? Yes. It started off quite mysterious and odd, but slowly became subtly religious which I wasn't quite expecting, but it was a fun read. I love Q and I love John De Lancie. When Jadzia and Vash turned up I was squealing because it was such a pleasant surprise. I love them. This book is nonsensical yet hilarious, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't like it.

  • Sadie
    2019-03-04 22:17

    I really wanted to like this more than I did, but it feels kind of lackluster to me. The intro was fine, and showed promise, but when Q finally introduces himself it feels like a rushed and confused mess. It gets far better when Picard and Data shiw up, and I really enjoyed the banter between the captain and Q, which really seemed to capture both characters well. But as for the plot, and Q's random tangents, I didn't care for them. If you really like Q, then this is your book, though.

  • Dan
    2019-03-06 20:12

    For the most part, I,Q is fairly middle-of-the-road. However, it does explore one of my favorite secondary Trek characters. The first-person point of view is interesting, but the right "voice" isn't always captured. I,Q often also tries to be a little too clever for its own good. Very much a "fluff" read, this story didn't really do a lot for me, and at times felt a lot like fan fiction rather than a true Trek novel.Full review:

  • Angela
    2019-03-19 14:21

    A story told entirely by Q, always his point of view on the proceedings. The universe is going to end and Q does not like it. The story is decent but there does not seem to be a real danger at any point. Maybe it's because the character of Q refuses to think of himself as fallible. A good read but I suspect its better on audio.

  • Claire Gilligan
    2019-02-23 14:37

    Quite fun!John de Lancie's Picard and Data impressions could use some work, but it was SO MUCH FUN to hear a story narrated from Q's point of view! It was a fun story, but for me, that wasn't the point. I just love Q's character.Recommended for any Trek fans who enjoy Q! For bonus points, there was a nice little DS9 crossover moment.

  • Chuck
    2019-03-22 20:35

    Since this is de Lancie, perhaps it is not suprising that it captures the voice of Q so well. Star Trek novels are a not-so-secret pleasure of mine and this one escaped me for some time. Really loved the mini-homage to the Princess Bride. But it makes me want to go back and catch those episodes of Voyager I don't remember very well.

  • TheTick
    2019-03-22 17:14

    I enjoyed the plot well enough, but the problem with a book with a first-person perspective is you have to enjoy the person's thoughts. Q is one of my favorite characters, but de Lancie has him going off on long tangents and unrelated stories, and eventually you just want him to get to the point. Still, I enjoyed it despite it's faults.