Stardoc #1 Mass Market Paperback – Jan 13 2000
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Stardoc by S. Viehl
This is a series of 10 novels, and I hope we see more. Not all of the books are still in print or have yet been turned into e-books. That is a shame; but it is a series that is well worth the trouble of trying to find them through the other sellers option on Amazon. This is true Sci-Fi with an underlying theme of romance, but not cloying romance.
Dr Cherijo Grey Veil is a remarkable Doctor. She leaves Earth to use her talents in another world with many different species and to escape her smothering father. . But she also carries a secret, and this is one that is revealed fairly slowly over the course of several of the books.
The biggest question is, is she truly human and sentient?
Cherijo will fight many battles in the next few books, one of the biggest is proving her sentience and remaining far away from her `father' and creator. She has many problems with several men in her life and will prove that while brilliant, she is sadly lacking in the male/female aspects of life. Sometimes this is humorous and sometimes it is downright heartbreaking, as you will see if you read the series.
Each book continues to show us what a strong female protagonist she is, with a lovely sort of snarky attitude that absolutely works for her character. Sometimes she can come off as a "Mary-Sue" sort of character but Ms Viehl makes it work to be believable to the reader.
This is a highly enjoyable, very exciting series with a strong female protagonist and I recommend this series to those who enjoy SciFi with a small dose of romance.
I write of the characters as they are human, because Viehl does such a good job of creating her characters. Science Fiction is sometimes accused of being technology driven- you slap a few people (or species) into a standard plot, throw in a few gimmicks, and you get instafiction. But all good science fiction has been character driven- with just a few things changed to help us understand one possible future, and our possible present. Viehl does this excellently, helping us undersand what it means to be human. And in a genre that often downplays the role of women and minorities, Viehl is to be commended for highlighting both- I don't read much science fiction where the hero is a female Native American.
Cherijo starts off and consistently displays many characteristics of immaturity only seen in teenagers, even though with 7 years of medical practice she must be in her mid thirties. Running away from home, crying at every hint of adversity, feeling certain of being in love after 2 dates, throwing a tantrum and breaking things frequently, physically attacking other people when she dislikes them, a heightened sense of tunnel vision where she can only see immediate benefits without the long term side effects, the list goes on and on.
As to the story value, the author is trying to create an ER-like environment of doctors treating patients amidst chaos. Unfortunately the plausibility of treament is ludicrous at best. Even though the author boasts 'medical experience' herself, it's obvious she has no idea how medicine or biology actually works. If the reader was science oriented, the suspension of disbelief is very difficult to maintain as the scenes are one non-sense after another. I admit however, that if you don't know anything about biology, and enjoy an ER-like TV show just for its atmosphere, you might be ok here.
An early example: Cherijo has no idea or experience on alien physiology, but insists on treating patients without learning about it first. That's like a florist suddenly wanting to take a turn as a surgeon in the ER. There's a machine with an extensive database that can help her immensely, but she REFUSES to use it because it's currently used by someone she personally dislikes. I mean, she should be in jail for gross negligence, not praised for insisting to work.Read more ›
More Sci-Fi than any other genre, this series nonetheless crosses genre borders and has something for everyone; medical thriller, murder mystery, space travel sci-fi, weird aliens, and a bit of romance and comedy for its lighter moments.
This author has brought to us bookworms a series of novels that are purely mindlessly enjoyable reads, perfect for any occasion; travel, curling up on a cold night, staying up all night, whatever you choose. A far shot from great fiction, it still deserves a five star rating for capturing my wandering mind and even diverting me from my own writing.
Dr. Cherijo Grey Veil is a feisty well trained surgeon who flees her homeworld of Terra after finding that her father has not only betrayed her but endangered her by her very existence. She takes a quick shuttle from Terra to K2 where she has accepted a position as a doctor in their free clinic, immediately immersed in treating all types of alien life forms she has never before encountered. She begins her service there under the animosity and hostility of both the clinic's administrator and one of her fellow practitioners. Things go from bad to worse.
She meets and falls in love with Kao Torin, an alien who Chooses her; and also a fellow Terran named Duncan Reever who was raised off world, who she cannot seem to get along with at all. Other friends and enemies are formed among the habitants of K2 during her residency, including a previously undiscovered cluster of sentient beings that call themselves The Core.Read more ›
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