Stardoc #1 Mass Market Paperback – Jan 13 2000
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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.
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 ›
Dr. Cherijo is a worthy character, with a strong personality (ie: stubbourn and headstrong), interesting neuroses, and strong and wonderful without being infallable and annoying. This is not a woman who weeps easily, nor is she a cold-hearted statue. The line is difficult to walk, but Viehl did so.
What the novel suffers from slightly - and the only reason I didn't give it a five-star rating - is the overabundance of aliens. While plot-centric, this tendancy to earth animals into aliens is somewhat frustrating (Spider-aliens, for example, who can spin webs, etc). Regardless of this shortcoming, however, I really enjoyed the book.
What is also suprising is the number of ethical or moral dilemmas that Viehl manages to toss into the mix: The rights of sentients, animal rights, racism. There's a lot in here that you don't normally find in your SF paperbacks.
Overall, this one is worth it - grab it and read it, but be prepared to fall in love with the heroine, and want more of her in the form of the rest of the series!
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Stardoc by S. Viehl
This is a series of 10 novels, and I hope we see more. Read more
If you're looking for good sci-fi, keep looking. If you're looking for a good drama, keep looking. This is a poorly written book. Read morePublished on July 7 2004
I bought this book because I read BLADE DANCER and loved it. I only bought STARDOC because I didn't think I would like the book. Instead I loved it. Read morePublished on July 2 2004 by Elaine C McTyer
I've wanted to read this book for awhile, primarily because the plot -- a human doctor working in a colony of thousands of different alien species -- sounded like it could allow... Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by Likecroft
I'm a SF reading veteran, and I especially like female heroines. That being said, this is possibly the worst female heroine book I've read in the last 5 years. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2004
Aside from a slightly slow beginning (hence the four - it's really a 4.5) StarDoc is nothing but sheer scifi adventure. Read morePublished on July 14 2003 by Amazon Customer
Stardoc is the first novel in the Stardoc series. Cherijo Grey Viel is a physician and surgeon and has discovered an awful secret about her arrogant and manipulative, but... Read morePublished on May 4 2003 by Arthur W Jordin
What an excellent book! This novel combines a fast-moving, refreshingly
original plot with strong, well-defined characters and fascinating
science-fictional ideas to... Read more
To escape her father on Terra (Earth) Dr. Cherijo Grey Veil (a brilliant surgeon) applied for a position on Kevarzangia Two at a FreeClinic. Read morePublished on March 14 2003 by Detra Fitch