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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q&A [Kindle Edition]

Keith R. A. DeCandido
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Nearly two decades ago, Jean-Luc Picard took command of the U.S.S. Enterprise™ NCC-1701-D. The captain knew it was an honor without equal. His new command bore the name of Enterprise. The people who had commanded other like-named starships had gone down in Starfleet's annals. Some officers would be intimidated, but they would not have been given command of Enterprise.

On her first mission, the Enterprise was sent to Farpoint Station. A simple, straightforward investigation. Perfect for a crew that had never served together. Then there was Q. An omnipotent lifeform that seemed bent on placing obstacle after obstacle in the ship's -- and in particular in Picard's -- way. And it hadn't ended with that first mission. When he was least expected, Q would appear. Pushing, prodding, testing. At times needling captain and crew with seemingly silly, pointless, and maddening trifles. Then it would turn all too serious, and the survival of Picard's crew was in Q's hands.

Why was it today that Picard was remembering the day he took command of the Enterprise-D? Now he commanded a new ship, the Enterprise-E. His crew was different. There was nothing about Gorsach that in the least resembled Farpoint. But Picard couldn't shake the feeling that something all too familiar was going on. All too awful. All too Q.


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About the Author

Keith R.A. DeCandido was born and raised in New York City to a family of librarians. He has written over two dozen novels, as well as short stories, nonfiction, eBooks, and comic books, most of them in various media universes, among them Star Trek, World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Marvel Comics, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, Resident Evil, Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, Farscape, Xena, and Doctor Who. His original novel Dragon Precinct was published in 2004, and he's also edited several anthologies, among them the award-nominated Imaginings and two Star Trek anthologies. Keith is also a musician, having played percussion for the bands the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players, the Boogie Knights, and the Randy Bandits, as well as several solo acts. In what he laughingly calls his spare time, Keith follows the New York Yankees and practices kenshikai karate. He still lives in New York City with his girlfriend and two insane cats.

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  • File Size: 332 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (September 25, 2007)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000UZPIJI
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Q's Quest is Quite (Qu)great April 15, 2009
By 8of5
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After the not especially memorable start to the new post-Nemesis TNG era in Death in Winter and Resistance Q&A gives the series the kick it needs and finally shows us what a great TNG novel can be. Q & A, a Q story, or indeed The Q story, as the book tries, and very much succeeds, in tying every Q story together. The Qish elements of this book are perfect, Q feels very much like Q, and the way all Q's appearances are tied together is brilliant. DeCandido does a great job making the Enterprise feel inhabited and introduces two new big characters; Second officer Miranda Kadohata and chief of security Zelik Leybenzon. These two were about the only parts of the novel I didn't enjoy, I found both quite annoying. While T'Lana was a pest to the Enterprise crew in Resistance, there was something endearing about her, and that continues to be in Q & A. Kadohata and Leybenzon on the other hand, despite all the best efforts to flesh out their characters and establish them as unique and interesting people just didn't have anything that made them stand out and say "look at me, I'm interesting".

DeCandido also manages to make the Trekverse feel much bigger (something really lacking in Resistance) with some brief appearances from characters from all over the galaxy. These short bits of story added a lot of interest and make use of DeCandido's (and others') previously established characters and settings without them seeming out of place or in need of more explanation. All in all Q & A is a very clever, witty and thoroughly enjoyable book.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of "Q & A" [Minor Spoilers] September 26, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As the second book in "The Next Generation" relaunch in the books, this novel was far better than the first, "Resistance." To be honest, the plot wasn't entirely fresh or new; it's the end of the universe as we know it and Picard and the Enterprise are the only ones who can save it ... along with Q. On that note, the book is just average for me as a reader because after this many years of Star Trek, it's hard to come up with a novel that does anything new with that premise. And once its executed, I was left wondering "So that's it?" What earned another star in this review was the way the author handled the characters. It was clear that Decandido is very familiar with this cast of characters and there really wasn't a moment that seemed off or poorly handled. Decandido also did well with integrating the new characters that'll fill the Enterprise's roster, planting the seeds for what will hopefully be a dynamic group of characters.

What I felt weakened the book or plot is the lack of development of the true protagonist, being the planet the Enterprise is investigating. It was as if they ran into it which triggers the events that consume a good portion of the novel. The planet, the inhabitants of the planet and Q all have a big part in all of this ... but that's cut short by the end and we're left, as readers, with more questions at the conclusion than we had at the beginning. This novel, premise wise, is supposed to explain why Q has taken such an interest in Picard and his ship. The explanation given (and perhaps this is supposed to be the case with the plot) seems far too simple.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Starts but Poor Finish March 3, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Been a while since I read Star Trek novels, but my friend got me a couple as a present and I've read both of them ("Resistance" and now "Q&A") in the span of two weeks. Maybe minor SPOILERS.

After going through Q&A, it seems to have the same problem as Resistance. The premise of "Q" being involved in a book is usually pretty exciting. I was curious what the authors could pull out this time. However, the story sort of dragged along with millions of cutovers to other people with Q popping up intermittenly. There are some funny moments (as usual) with Q's interaction with the crew.

However, the setup (while a little dragged) was ok, the climax and ending were (to me at least) a big "HUH" moment. Maybe I was just reading the book to late to grasp all the details, but I felt letdown at the end.

All in all, the book is not terrible and if you're a fan of Q, it's worth a look. But maybe you need to keep your expectations low.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More Episode Retellings, More Space on Triffiling Details November 11, 2007
By DudeMan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Is this is what Trek fiction has come to then perhaps the books need a hiatus too. What do you get in Q & A? If you've read Resistance and Death in Winter, you know the drill:

*episode retellings. Ok, they aren't as pointless as the last few books, but this is an incredibly annoying recurrence that seems to mask the real problem - namely, that these authors are having a tough time coming up with anything truly original. However, for those who've SEEN these episodes, and everyone reading these books has, then it all becomes pointless after a while - almost like never ending clip shows.

*mysteries that barely register a pulse. So what we have here is a not so interesting mini version of Rendezvous with Rama with a mysterious planet that somehow must determine the fate of the universe as we know it. Other than a few small investigations and the appearance of a wild critter or two, the mystery remains pretty inconsequential. Boring, actually. Insufferably boring, actually.

*never-ending story lines diversions that go absolutely nowhere. As with Death in Winter, we are introduced to a whole series of irrelevant characters with no past, very little present, and absolutely no future whose only purpose is to bore the reader to no end and increase the page count. Ironically, you can easily skip over these sections and miss absolutely nothing in the plot.

*perhaps the absolute worst ending of any Q novel ever written, in which the author neatly explains Q's involvement with the entire series as being a succesful attempt to fight off (spoiler coming) boredom. yawn.

All this said, Q & A is a step up from both Death in Winter and Resistance (though that's not saying much), and some of the character moments are on target. Unfortunately, though, this is a rather lame and unchallenging book and pales in comparison's to Peter David's Q novels.

Surely somebody can do better than this!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate “Q” saga
If you are a fan of Star Trek, this book is the ultimate “Q” saga. Not only does this book tie together all of the Star Trek Q TV episodes, it expands them into one grand story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Christopher Obert
5.0 out of 5 stars Really well done!
Anything to do with Q is a winner in my eyes, but I also enjoyed how the author wrote conversations between various Q members. It was clever and easy to understand. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars worth reading
Luv this book, once I started reading it I just won't stop til I get the good part.
The Quantum Fissures part where there were lots of Enterprise E reminds me of the episode... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Justin Cleveland
3.0 out of 5 stars Good not Great
I was disappointed with this novel. Q is always fun entertainment but the plot was weak, easily predictable and really this novel felt like a "been there done that"... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Annlynnmarie
2.0 out of 5 stars Clip Episode Ahead..
This book hit a number of sour notes with me, and while I read it out-of-order with others in the series, I don't believe that was the cause. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Magentawolf
4.0 out of 5 stars Answers all the questions
This one smallish book answers all the questions on WHY was the Q so involved with us. It was fun, and touched all the characters and some new ones. Good fun read.
Published 14 months ago by Gary Strombo
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Q books. Wish R.A. DeCandido wrote another Q novel
Just finished "Q and A" and it's a sequel to the episode "Parallels". According to this author, the events in that episode were influenced by Q. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Picardfan007
5.0 out of 5 stars Q is Back
I always loved the Star Trek episodes with Q in them because literally anything could happen. And anything does happen in this book. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Aggro Sky
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
By a show of hands who wants to be Q,Everybody right?
Lets romp around the universe doing what ever I want. How bad is that? Read more
Published 22 months ago by dan atkisson
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good.
I've never really been a fan of Q, even though John DeLancie did an excellent job of creating the character; for one thing, he did an excellent job of creating a character that was... Read more
Published 23 months ago by James Yanni
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Keith R.A. DeCandido was born and raised in New York City to a family of librarians, which pretty much explains everything. He has written around 50 novels, as well as short stories, nonfiction, eBooks, comic books, and blog entries, many of them in various media universes, among them Star Trek, Sleepy Hollow, Supernatural, World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Leverage, Marvel Comics, Cars, Farscape, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Stargate, Serenity, Resident Evil, Kung Fu Panda, Doctor Who, and more. Among his many works of original fiction are the fantasy police procedural series of novels and short stories that started with Dragon Precinct, as well as a series of urban fantasy short stories set in Key West, Florida, many of which are in Ragnarok & Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet. Keith is also an editor (having supervised several book lines and put together dozens of anthologies), musician (percussionist for the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players, the Boogie Knights, and others), and a second-degree black belt in Kenshikai karate (he both trains and teaches). He still lives in New York City with various humans and animals.



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