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Q-In-Law (Star Trek The Next Generation, No 18) Paperback – October 1, 1991

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Two powerful rival families of the spacefaring merchant race called the Tizarin are to be joined through marriage, and the U.S.S. EnterpriseTM 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.

About the Author

Jerry Oltion is a Star Trek author whose books include the original series Mudd in Your Eye and the sixth volume, Captain Pike's tale, in the Captain's Table series. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation (Book 18)
  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek (October 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671733893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671733896
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Spryte on August 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
This was a fun, entertaining, and, er... explosive Star Trek book. The Enterprise plays host to a Tizarin wedding between two rival families, Lwaxana Troi arrives as a Federation ambassador, and just when you thought it was gonna be boring, Q shows up for the party. Peter David is an amazing author (the best of all the Star Trek novel writers in my not-so-humble opinion), not only because of the humour he incorporates, but for being brave enough to team up the formidable Lwaxana Troi and the troublesome Q. As you can imagine, some of the dialogue is fantastic. The writing is brilliant throughout and the characters are just as they should be. This is one heck of a novel, and definitely one of those that should have been made into an episode. (Q getting chased across the Enterprise by Lwaxana in a suit of armour? - I rest my case). OK, maybe it isn't quite so great as "Imzadi", but hey, it's fun to read, original and full of non-stop action. What more couldja want?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By on April 9, 2000
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This has to be, without a doubt the funniest Star Trek book ever. Peter David is my favourite ST writer, and I love all his books, especially 'Imzadi'. I think that and Q-in-law should definately have been made into ST:TNG episodes. My favourite part of the book was when Lwaxana was chasing Q through the ship, because it's great to see him get what he deserves for once! There were also some good scenes with Riker and Troi. The other story, about the Tizarin wedding was also well written, and the two stories balanced each other well. Buy it if you like your Star Trek books with humour, Q, and lots of character interaction. Don't buy it if you hate Q, you like 'serious' Star Trek and if you like reading about the Enterprise getting blown up. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Edwards VINE VOICE on November 20, 2000
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I can't think of a more entertaining premise to The Next Generation than having Troi's Mother suddenly wield the power of Q. We saw what happened when Riker held it for a short term, but oh the possibilities if Lwaxana could be in that same situation... With 'Q In-Law' we find out exactly what that situation might have been like.
I rarely (if ever) laugh out-loud by myself while reading almost anything--especially a science fiction novel...but I sure did while reading this one, and more than once, I might add. I simply cannot spoil the enjoyment of this story by revealing too much of the plot, but suffice it to say that Q regrets his allowing Lwaxana to wield this power in a supreme way. Peter David is certainly one of THE BEST Trek authors out there, and this one is certainly one of THE most entertaining Trek stories of all-time. I found myself just WISHING on more than one occasion as I read this book that they had made this one into an actual episode--it would rank as one of the best I assure you. Now if you like this story, do yourself a BIG favor and pick up Peter David's fantastic 'Q Squared'--it is everything this one is (but not as funny) and a lot MORE. Easily one of the most complex Trek stories ever written, and also one of the most satisfying as well. Only serious Trek fans need apply if you know what I mean.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Wyatt on September 7, 2003
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If you've read many of the earlier Star Trek The Next Generation novels to include Peter David's work, you will have found that his stories are among the most intriguing, hilarious and captivating among them. "Q-In-Law" is no exception to that and, in fact, this particular novel is a step above his already high standard of writing. Few of Star Trek's authors' capture the characters as well as Peter David does and even fewer are capable of dignified comedy with the characters as Peter David is.
The premise:
The Enterprise is chosen as the site for a wedding between two powerful but rivaled families of the space faring merchant raced called the Tizarin. As is custom, Captain Picard is quite happy to be hosting the wedding right up to the point in which the Federation delegate from Betazed shows up, Lwaxana Troi.
Captain Picard now finds himself attempting to dodge the romantic overtures from Lwaxana Troi and still run his ship. Everything seems to be going smoothly until Q shows up to examine the human concept of love. Everything seems to fall apart from there. Q's experiment in love with Lwaxana Troi turns haywire on him and from there you will find that you're reading one of the most hilarious and engrossing early STNG novels!
The Audio Tape:
As an added bonus, this particularly great story was produced as an audio book as well! It is made even better having been read by Majel Barrett and John de Lancie themselves. This audio book is certainly a great way to spend three hours on the highway!
I highly recommend this novel and the audio tape to any and all fans of Star Trek as they're both extraordinarily entertaining! {ssintrepid}
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 1999
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If there was ever any doubt that Peter David understands and writes Star Trek characters better than anyone else this is Exhibit A to prove it is true! Not only are all the characters in character, but their interactions with each other and reactions to each other ring true as well. The interaction between Lwaxanna and Q is a perfect example and is absolutely priceless. This is especially true of the ending - wherein both charcters are at their best. Or worst. Of course, with these two characters that's pretty much the same thing. After almost falling asleep during the dreadfull Star Trek:Insurrection i only have three questions. Why don't the Powers That Be include Lwaxanna Troi and Q in their next film? Why don't they have Peter David write it? Why don't they base it on this wonderful book!!?
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