So I got it into my head that I'd like to re-read all the ST:TNG books. I have the vast majority of them sitting on one of my bookshelves and I do occasionally go on "good bits" sprees. Grabbing my favorites and just re-reading favorite scenes. But actually re-reading them cover to cover... I haven't done that in a very long time.
Starting with #1!
This one has a couple parts that I know really really well. Mostly because they are Geordi-centric and he's always been my favorite.
As for the rest of the book, a lot of this one was a bit odd. Most of them didn't really act like themselves. I understand why, it's the first book, the show had hardly been on the air, there really was very little chance of the characterizations being spot on. Geordi and Beverly seemed the best. Picard was off, but only when compared to how he is from season 2 on. He acted a lot more like how he was originally in Encounter at Farpoint. Much harsher and more closed off than he quickly became.
Riker also struck me as being quite a bit off. His inner monologue is entirely too insecure. He's almost nasty to Data which doesn't really match how he behaved in Farpoint. He seemed fascinated by Data, not dismissive of him. Which brings me to Data whose inner life is just odd. He seems to have emotions which it was established from day one he doesn't.
But, there's lots of really great Geordi stuff in this one which makes me happy. Lots of detail about how he sees the world (both literally and figuratively) that does match up with how he is going forward.