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Q-In-Law by Peter David
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Captain Picard is delighted to play host to a wedding between two rival space-merchant families, but the wedding is threatened by the sudden appearance of an unwelcome surprise guest, the mischievous superbeing Q.



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Okay, see, what happened was this: I read a random essay on io9 on how great this book was, and then, not too much later, I saw this book used at the bookstore. So of course I had to buy it.

Reading it I was immediately struck by how dated the Star Trek TNG universe is. So there was a little bit of working my way past that (in particular some eyeroll-worthy heteronormativity) before I could get back into the mindset of nostalgia for how much I loved this show as a teen. And then, on that level, it was SO MUCH FUN. I always had an intense love for Lwaxana, and the premise of her having Q-type powers and using them to vengefully smite the smug Q himself was a thing of beauty well worth the price of admission. I agree with the original essay that it is a tragedy that this was never filmed as an episode.

In short, this book was everything I'd been promised. ( )
2 vote greeniezona | Oct 7, 2019 |
The Star Trek expanded universe is like a large sandbox. There's room for everyone to play and the sky's the limit as to what kinds of stories can be told. Q-In-Law by Peter David is one of those gems that exists because of a die-hard fan playing in the sandbox. It's a story that's too complex for TV but not action-y enough for a Star Trek movie.

Peter David brings together two beloved and diametrically opposed NextGen characters, Q and Lwaxana Troi, and still manages that delicate Star Trek balance of action, adventure, humor and wonder. The quick summary on the cover sums up the tone perfectly, "Two of the most powerful forces in the galaxy are about to collide..."

Of all the Star Trek novels in print, this one should be on most Top 5 lists. Yes, it's that good. If you love NextGen and haven't read this one, go get a copy now. ( )
  Daniel.Estes | Jan 16, 2014 |
Picard is pleased when the Enterprise plays host to a Tizarin wedding between the children of two of the rival houses of the race. However, he is somewhat less pleased when Lwaxana Troi is sent as the Ambassador for Betazed. When Q decides to pop in for the festivities as well, Picard and the entire crew are suddenly on edge anticipating the potential havoc the onmipotent being could potentially wreak. Everyone gets even more alarmed when Lwaxana finds herself attracted to Q and the potential for chaos escalates.

When I was 11 I went through a phase where I read every ST:TNG novel I could get my hands on. The show itself had been off the air for several years (let's put it this way, the show started when I was just shy of 1 year old) and I knew it mostly through re-runs but I was very obsessed for a while and Peter David's novels were always my favourites and I bought copies of several of them, including this one. The novel is definitely more light-hearted with the craziness that is Lwaxana and Q and the Romeo & Juliet type romance going on in the background with the Tizarin wedding. My 11 year old self and let's face it, my present self too, also really enjoyed some of the Riker and Troi moments that will make any shippers squee a little bit. Funny and a quick read, this is definitely only for TNG fans but it hits the spot. ( )
  MickyFine | Jan 18, 2012 |
I read this maybe seventeen years ago, but I remember it being interesting, mostly for its delicious bottom-of-the-barrel concept.
  Cynara | Jun 10, 2009 |
David matches two of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s most annoying and loved characters, Lwaxana Troi and Q, to create a riotous romp. Using all of normal series characters, and paced like an episode of the show, David tries the impossible – to teach Q about love. Love is in the air aboard the starship Enterprise as it plays host to a wedding of great political importance. Lwaxana will represent Betazed at the wedding and hopefully find a husband for herself. She soon is intrigued by Q, as he is by her. But after giving Lwaxana the power of the continuum, Q finds he has met his match, and maybe learned about love.

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  ktoonen | May 18, 2008 |
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her mother was sweeping across the room.

As if he sensed Lwaxana Troi coming, Q turned. He raised a bemused eyebrow and watched her until she came to a halt barely two feet in front of him.

The true horror of the situation didn't dawn on Picard for a moment and then Mrs. Troi spoke.

"Jean-Luc, who is your charming friend?"

"Mrs. Troi, said Picard quickly, "now might not be the best time," not bothering to add that no time would be an improvement.

Then Q took a step forward and with impeccable manners, took Lwaxana's hand. "I am Q," he said

And Picard began to perspire.
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