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 Q-Space (Star Trek The Next Generation, Book 47)

Q-Space (Star Trek The Next Generation, Book 47)

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Rating: 4 stars
Summary: The first book in an overlong trilogy on how Q went bad
Review: "Q Space" is the first volume in Greg Cox's "Q Continuum" trilogy. As our story begins, Professor Lem Faal, a physicist from the University of Betazed who has done groundbreaking work in energy wave dynamics, has a plan for breaking through that pesky barrier surrounding the Milky Way galaxy (If this sounds decidedly like the film "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier," then you are way ahead of the game here). Q shows up to dissuade Picard from this great experiment and instead of coming out and saying exactly why this would be a mistake launches into a very long narrative about when he was "young." Although it is very early in the story, it seems we will learn how Q became the bad boy of the Continuum and a perpetual thorn in Picard's side. Meanwhile, Faal is proving to be a royal pain who is going off the deep end because he might not get to do what he has come out here to do; too bad his kids are along for the ride.

The main problem is that this story just does not need three volumes to be told. Here we are at the end of the first volume and we know that Q's story and Faal's experiment are going to come crashing together in the third volume. What Cox is attempting here is similar to Peter David's superior novel "Q Squared," where we learned that Trelaine from "The Squire of Gothos" episode of the original Star Trek is Q's illegitimate offspring. Cox also incorporates several powerful creatures from other Trek episodes into his novel and part of the fun is to recognize these beings. Too bad he could not incorporate these three paperbacks into a single volume (and I do not mean the book club edition).

Rating: 5 stars
Summary: Q's at it again!
Review: A wonderful start to an amazing trio of books!! If you are a fan of Star Trek, or like Q, it is a book you wouldn't want to miss!!!

Rating: 5 stars
Summary: The ghost of Q-past
Review: Cox writes an excellent Q adventure which features a "Christmas Carol"-like look at Q's past, a millions of years younger Q. Picard and the crew are visited by Q, Mrs Q and Baby q as the Enterprise is about to breach the galactic barrier. Q is trying to prevent the breach-he may be responsible for the menace beyond the galactic fringe. Also on hand are the Calamaraine, who have previously tried to destroy Q. They are also trying to stop the galactic breach. In the meantime, we are treated to various aspects of Q Continuum background and other tidbits on the original TV epsisodes and movies. A great time for STNG fans, it heralds Greg Cox as one of the premier Trek authors with (insert your favorites here), and Peter David

Rating: 4 stars
Summary: Q the Man
Review: Everyone loves Q- plain and simple. Why Paramount hasn't made a Trek movie with him in it is beyond me!

I really enjoyed this book. The idea of the galactic barriers has always been one that really intrigued me about Star Trek (form the original episodes and Trek V) and I've always wondered why they've always sort of "ignored" that part of the original series mythology. I was pleased to see it dealt with here so well.

Greg Cox does a brilliant job bringing the regular cast to life. Usually the problem with the novels is poor dialogue that you could never imagine the character really saying. The banter and antics with Q are very reminicent of the Next Gen TV show, and most of it is very funny.

The only complaint I have is that the book tries to bring up something form the show's history every other page. I like flash backs or allusions to past events to keep things "in context", but here it is done to the extent that Cox seems to be trying to "show off" his Trek knowledge when he should be just writing.

Overall, a fun and well written book, however!

Rating: 4 stars
Summary: Very good start
Review: Good, very appealing first book of this trilogy. I have to agree with the people who have said that the trilogy could have been reduced to a single volume.

Rating: 2 stars
Summary: Peter David wannabe falls far short.
Review: I am a great fan of the ST:TNG and series and of the character Q as he is humourous and gives me valuable insights on the course humanity is taking. However, this book, to be was an utter disappointment. For starters, this book began with a utterly incomprehensible prolouge, a pattern that continues throughout the book. Sure, Greg Cox is making a spirited effort to provide the reader with a sense of mystery but confusing the reader is going more than one step too far. To put things brusquely, this book is a bloody rip-off because not only does it only provide with one-third of a so-called Q-story, it floods with unnecessary crap with the beginning of the story, the long winded appearance of Q and his wife and child and nonsense like that. The book constantly features inane flashbacks to previous Next-Gen episodes or movies. Cox has also not been able to capture the style of the Next-Gen series. To improve his work, I suggest he take a tip of two from the one, who is, in my opinion, the best Next-Gen writer there is, the legendary Peter David. I will not read the next two books in this series unless there is a collected edition of the 'Q-series'. For a good TNG novel concerning Q, read Peter David's Q-squared or his Q-in-law, which I have also reviewed.

Rating: 4 stars
Summary: Fairly entertaining, but overdoes episode references
Review: I enjoyed Q-Space, and have also read Q-Zone. It is nice to finally learn the origins of Q and his attitudes towards "lesser beings". The writing is, for the most part, clever. Q's jibes of the Enterprise crew are entertaining, and his smugness (as well as, surprisingly, his embarassments) are very in character. In all, a well written Trek book. The only complaint I have is the references to television episodes. It's almost as if the author watched every episode, and tried to drop in connections to as many as possible. I lost count, but it became a game for me to try to sense the impending episode reference before it happened. I found it to be annoying, and distracting from the rest of the story. One of the great things about Star Trek is that for about 95% of the shows, each episode is self contained, with only the occasional reference to another episode or show. These kind of references were overdone in this book. With the above caveat, I enjoyed t! he book (as well as book 2) and am looking forward to book 3.

Rating: 3 stars
Summary: Not bad overall
Review: I enjoyed this series of books although I found it to be a little long winded at times. It could have been knocked down to two books instead of three. Overall I thought it was a good story. It gave a history of Q, and The Q, that help us to understand him ,and them, a little more. I was amazed at how many old story lines from the movies and the series he was able to bring together. If I had to comment on anything on the writing it would be the abundance of grammatical errors there were in all three books. I know that errors occur, especially if your on a roll, but aren't there supposed to be editors and proof readers to catch these. This has nothing to do with the story itself but I found soo many errors that I had to reread sentences to see if I read it wrong in the first place and I found this distracted me from the story. In the end I did enjoy the trilogy and would recommend it for all Q fans.

Rating: 4 stars
Summary: Story of the life of the Q
Review: I feel that this book was great. I love star trek and just love Q even more. This was a great book. It goes into the history of the Q. But it also keeps up with the present with Riker in comand of the ship. Great...Great.. a must read, pick up all three books.

Rating: 2 stars
Summary: boring
Review: I hate to say it, but I was very disappointed in this series of books. You really can't review just one book you have to do all three. It was a good idea, but way to long winded. Very boring..... If you like Q ( which I do) you might want to read it to get some history on Q.

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