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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 |
The Enterprise-D is ordered by starfleet to be the host for two rival houses ( The Nistral and Graziunas) of the nomadic, Tizarin race. Two guests arrive for the wedding,who soon bring chaos into the event. One is Lwaxana Troi, Deanna Troi's mother and the other,an uninvited guest: Q. Lwaxana Troi is smitten with Q and it appears that the feelings are mutual, but Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise feel that Q is up to his old games. As Q and Lwaxanna appear to fall more and more in love the wedding preparations for the Tizarin couple begin to increasingly fall apart. Is it young love falling apart? or does Q have something to do with couple sudden dissatisfcation with each other?

Q-in-Law is an excellent Star Trek the Next Generation Book and readers who like Peter David's other works will almost certainly find this one to be well worth their time also. Peter David, perfectly captures the characters of the Enterprise-D and crafts an excellent, memorable ending to the novel.

Major Characters: Q, Lwaxana Troi, Captain Picard, Deanna Troi, Wesley Crusher ( )
  1722sjm | Mar 22, 2012 |
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.

https://sites.google.com/a/toonen.org/www/readers-advisory/Q-in-Law.doc ( )
  ktoonen | May 18, 2008 |
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Q-in-Law takes place approximately three months before the events in /i>Menage a Toi and significantly before Q-pid.
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    BEFORE DEANNA COULD MAKE ANOTHER MOVE


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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0671733893, Paperback)

Two powerful rival families of the spacefaring merchant race called the Tizarin are to be joined through marriage, and the U.S.S. Enterprise is chosen as the site for the wedding. Captain Picard is pleased by the happy duty, but his pleasure is cut short by the arrival of the Federation delegate from Betazed, Lwaxana Troi, the mother of ship's counsellor, Deanna Troi.

Despite Lwaxana Troi's romantic overtures toward the captain, the celebration seems to go smoothly until the situation is further complicated by the arrival of the notorious and all powerful being called Q, who has come to examine and challenge the human concept of love. The festivities are thrown into turmoil, the powerful Tizarin families are on the verge of war, and Lwaxana Troi is determined to teach Q a lesson in love that he will never forget.

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Despite Federation delegate Lwaxana Troi's romantic overtures toward Captain Picard, a Tizarin wedding celebration aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise seems to go smoothly until the situation is complicated by the arrival of the notorious and all powerful being called Q -- who has come to examine and challenge the human concept of love. Suddenly, the festivities are in turmoil, the powerful Tizarin families are on the verge of war, and Lwaxana Troi is determined to teach Q a lesson in love that he will never forget.… (more)

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