Why the 70,000 lightyear journey doesn't work… Book Review Summary

Captain Janeway said it would take 70,000 lightyears to get back to the Alpha quadrant. But presumably that means getting to the closest edge of the Alpha quadrant; if most of the time is spend traveling thru the Delta quadrant to get to that edge, then once they get there they have another 20-70,000 lightyears to get to Earth, unless Earth is on the edge of the Alpha quadrant closest to the Delta quadrant. But the way the writers have been treating it, the Delta and Alpha quadrant are like two boxes; it takes a lot of time to get from one box to another, but once you're in the right box, you're instantly home. How realistic is this? Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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