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Stardoc Dr Cherijo Grey Veil Leaves Earth And Accepts A Position As A Physician At Kevarzanga S FreeClinic Her Surgical Skills Are Desperately Needed On A Hostile Frontier World With Over Sentient Species And Her Understanding Of Alien Physiology Is Nothing Short Of Miraculous But The Truth Behind Her Expertise Is A Secret Which, If Discovered, Could Have Disastrous Consequences Between Human And Alien Relations


10 thoughts on “Stardoc

  1. says:

    4.5 5 stars I freaking loved this book And it is somewhat tragic that it sat on my shelves collecting dust for 16 years before I finally picked it up 16 years I can t even wrap my head around that fully The story may not have been the most original, creative, or exciting, but I tell you what it was EXACTLY what I ve been craving and I enjoyed it to pieces.I love sci fi books of all kinds from the heavy militaristic battle novels filled with endless technical jargon to the fluffy fe 4.5 5 stars I freaking loved this book And it is somewhat tragic that it sat on my shelves collecting dust for 16 years before I finally picked it up 16 years I can t even wrap my head around that fully The story may not have been the most original, creative, or exciting, but I tell you what it was EXACTLY what I ve been craving and I enjoyed it to pieces.I love sci fi books of all kinds from the heavy militaristic battle novels filled with endless technical jargon to the fluffy feel good space operas, but the ones that always seem to make me phone home are the ones with the most creative alien creations I guess you could say I prefer the xenobiology sci fis, and theconvincing the genetic makeups, the better Not only did Stardoc include a vast array of aliens, but Viehl who happens to be a retired surgeon for the army upped the game even further by including medical treatment of these aliens which means she really had to dig in to the specifics of their biological workings and how the environment affected them , and I ate up every single detail Not only was it an amazing creative undertaking, but it also added an exciting medical drama angle that kept me turning pages late into the night Superb.If all that wasn t enough, the story often sat on the verge of being a bonafide space opera my favorite two words in spec fic The characters were well developed and their interpersonal drama balanced perfectly with the rest of the story and provided an excellent way to get emotionally invested A vast majority of the story takes place on one planet, but there are so many dynamics that it didn t ever feel stagnant although I m totally looking forward tospace travel and new aliens in future books.There s only one story component that kept me from giving Stardoc a full 5 star rating, and that was the inclusion of a very odd rape scene Like, really odd Mostly because of how it was handled the author sort of showed her cards a bit for me on what s to come, and I can sorta see what she was trying to do, but 100% the content wouldn t fly in today s market had it been writtenrecently I don t really want to spark a debate on rape scenes in books, so I m going to leave it at that and suggest you just venture in aware it s a component It s literally the only thing that kept Stardoc from hitting perfection for me on all accounts.Series status Enjoying this series has now become my 1 reading priority I ve already cracked the spine on the next book and it s awesome.Recommendations I can t endorse this book as the best sci fi I ve ever read, but it hit all the right notes for me and has become one of my new favorites It includes and excellent mix of medical drama, aliens, relatable characters, and just a hint of mystery.Via The Obsessive Bookseller at www.NikiHawkes.com Other books you might like


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    This is shallow, hokey space opera, featuring enough alien species to populate several Mos Eisley Cantinas The medical stuff is not badly done, once you shrug and accept that the doctor from earth can so easily handle alien physiology This book contains possibly the weakest although mercifully brief attempt to explain faster than light travel that I ve ever seen.But the writing is not bad and I was rather enjoying the book until about halfway through, when it began to go rapidly downhill Th This is shallow, hokey space opera, featuring enough alien species to populate several Mos Eisley Cantinas The medical stuff is not badly done, once you shrug and accept that the doctor from earth can so easily handle alien physiology This book contains possibly the weakest although mercifully brief attempt to explain faster than light travel that I ve ever seen.But the writing is not bad and I was rather enjoying the book until about halfway through, when it began to go rapidly downhill There was a setup for a love triangle, but the romances were very poorly realized Then I was annoyed by the rape scene that the heroine seemed to enjoyI d never beendisgusted with myself, but there was nothing I could do We were both young, healthy specimens I had to try something else, quickly, before he used my physical response against meIck Other than that scene, which is disturbing for the attitude rather than for explicit violence, the book is mild enough for older kids.The ending is lackluster, and it segues into the opening scenes of the next book, a device I find almost as irritating as a cliffhanger


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    The first person perspective was lacking something in this book Some plot points did not make sense For the sake of anyone who still wants to read this book I won t go into details Except for this next bit, because anyone reading the book should at least know what they re getting into.RAPE is RAPE There is no such thing as a near rape It doesn t matter a damn if the character was under some kind of alien influence It s still rape, no matter who was responsible for it No one who went thr The first person perspective was lacking something in this book Some plot points did not make sense For the sake of anyone who still wants to read this book I won t go into details Except for this next bit, because anyone reading the book should at least know what they re getting into.RAPE is RAPE There is no such thing as a near rape It doesn t matter a damn if the character was under some kind of alien influence It s still rape, no matter who was responsible for it No one who went through what the main character went through would say he forced me to have sex with him and then also say I wasn t raped not two pages later She says, I consented later, but physical reactions not to mention simply giving up because he was stronger do not constitute consent Even before that happened, the writing of the interactions between Cherijo and Reever were problematic at best, with Reever holding Cherijo paralyzed once or twice with his psychic powers, and delving into her mind uninvited and unwanted And he, the colony s official translator I m sure they would have laws about such things for species with mental powers Growing up around aliens and not knowing human interaction is one thing, but he s just a creeper, and actsalien than most of the real aliens.No I m sorry, but while I can ignore a certain amount of bad or inexperienced writing if the story is compelling enough, I WILL NOT tolerate such cavalier writing when it comes to rape and women s agency


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 75% of Stardoc is a fantastic science fiction novel about a strong, engaging female protagonist taking on a global crisis with wit and resourcefulness.The other 25% is a bad romance novel in which the only irritating character of the book is shoved down the readers throats as a potential love interest after raping the main character under the control of an alien intelligence , who realizes after the fact that she kind of liked it.Doesn t matter how good the rest of it is when a major plot poin 75% of Stardoc is a fantastic science fiction novel about a strong, engaging female protagonist taking on a global crisis with wit and resourcefulness.The other 25% is a bad romance novel in which the only irritating character of the book is shoved down the readers throats as a potential love interest after raping the main character under the control of an alien intelligence , who realizes after the fact that she kind of liked it.Doesn t matter how good the rest of it is when a major plot point turns the previously relatable protagonist into a bad stereotype acting out the writer s subversive sex fantasy I don t hate sex or romance in books I just hate it when it s done wrong.I was still willing to give the rest of the series a chance This book ends with the protagonist leaving the planet and that one irritating character behind right up until the last page, when the character screw it, his name is Reaver when Reaver surprises her by being on the ship when it leaves.Read that The worst character of the first book is the ONLY one that follows the protagonist into the next book.I don t get three chapters into book two before I m throwing it across the room and complaining to my wife about what this wonderful book she recommended to me turned into They get married in one of the later books, she tells me.I never pick up book two again


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    Sci fi is my favorite genre, and thanks to a combination of action heavy plots and my own tendency to speed read, it s also the one I m least likely to DNF And no question I rushed right through this despite the length, and immediately picked up the second two books I was initially intrigued because it was included on a list of sci fi with strong female leads, and in that the book delivers The heroine and narrator, Cherijo Grey Veil, is an expert surgeon of Native American heritage, and the Sci fi is my favorite genre, and thanks to a combination of action heavy plots and my own tendency to speed read, it s also the one I m least likely to DNF And no question I rushed right through this despite the length, and immediately picked up the second two books I was initially intrigued because it was included on a list of sci fi with strong female leads, and in that the book delivers The heroine and narrator, Cherijo Grey Veil, is an expert surgeon of Native American heritage, and the plot is full of exciting medical heroics set on a distant planet inhabited by dozens of different alien species The book is at its strongest when it dramatizes how Cherijo s uncompromising ethics as a doctor guide her treatment, especially given that Earth is portrayed as dominated by a bigoted xenophobic culture that outlaws any alien contamination Once the rush of the plot was over, however, there were aspects that fell short, and the problems gotserious as the series continued The romance aspect was especially unsatisfying Considering the fact that the heroine is in love with a blue skinned alien, I had hopes that it would do something new and insightful with that kind of cross species encounter Instead, we get a nascent and mostly generic love triangle with a blond human male whom the heroine is clearly destined to end up with and a boatload of relationship melodrama, including tiresome Alpha male harassment and invasive behavior that would not be out of place in a 1980s gothic romance That problem hints at what was ultimately the biggest disappointment for me both the romance and Cherijo s job appear to set up what I d hoped would be a genuine and thoughtful encounter with beings who are deeply, justifiably alien But despite Cherijo s commitment to providing medical care for all, her attitude remains resolutely human centric in a way that never seems to be challenged by the author To pick a minor but characteristic example, a particularly disagreeable alien co worker is described as foul smelling and unattractive, characterizations consistently supported by the text, without any sense that scent or looks might be species specific Creatures seem bizarre or accessible, likable or not, attractive or not, entirely on human terms, without ever suggesting that humans may be too biased or inexperienced to cope with that level of difference In that context, the heroine s consistent condemnation of Earth s bigoted policies start to feel like the usual cover for a failure to acknowledge one s own biases I emphasize this because I have read other sci fi books Tanya Huff s Valor s Choice for example that effectively use the alien theme to explore human bias, both the conditions under which we embrace the alien and those times when we fail The result here ends up feeling far too close to the saloon scene in Star Wars, with aliens providing a colorfully bizarre, sometimes amusing backdrop to a story justifiably dominated by those who look and act human All of these problems persist into the second and third volumes, enough that I do not plan to continue with the series Bottom line I love sci fi becausethan any other genre it combines action heavy plots with allegory thoughtful, insightful explorations of complex ideas This book succeeded on the first count, featuring plenty of exciting actions scenes by a heroic surgeon, but for me at least failed to do justice to the larger themes it raised


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I hated this book It starts out with such promise, and the writing is good, but then it goes so bad.Rape is not sexy, does not express love and is never acceptable I loathe the fact that Cherijo finds her rapist such a sympathetic character It s just grotesque that in later books she goes on to happily marry her rapist Ugh.S J Viehl is an excellent writer but has some real issues mixing sex, love and violence I think it reflects something that seems to be popular now with all these vampir I hated this book It starts out with such promise, and the writing is good, but then it goes so bad.Rape is not sexy, does not express love and is never acceptable I loathe the fact that Cherijo finds her rapist such a sympathetic character It s just grotesque that in later books she goes on to happily marry her rapist Ugh.S J Viehl is an excellent writer but has some real issues mixing sex, love and violence I think it reflects something that seems to be popular now with all these vampire books being published I don t get it, but it s obviously ringing some bells somewhere, because damn, they obviously sell


  7. says:

    I mean.not really that well written, it was just silly sometimes but I kinda enjoyed the mind candy ride D


  8. says:

    Stardoc falls most clearly into the genre of sci fi, but it does have elements of both romance and psychic power, as well as all the aliens you could possibly imagine Stardoc is set in the indeterminate future a future where Earth called Terra in this series has joined an alliance of space faring civilizations Doctor Cherijo Grey Veil is a brilliant surgeon of approx 30 years of age Driven by a unknown to the reader secret she discovers about her over domineering father, she leaves Terr Stardoc falls most clearly into the genre of sci fi, but it does have elements of both romance and psychic power, as well as all the aliens you could possibly imagine Stardoc is set in the indeterminate future a future where Earth called Terra in this series has joined an alliance of space faring civilizations Doctor Cherijo Grey Veil is a brilliant surgeon of approx 30 years of age Driven by a unknown to the reader secret she discovers about her over domineering father, she leaves Terra to accept a physician position at Kevarzangia Two s FreeClinic Kevarzangia Two is home to over 200 different species with Terrans making up less than 1%, so Cherijo must proove herself as each medical emergency gives her the challenge of treating new species and diseases However, Cherijo s biggest two challenges are yet to come A mysterious illness breaks out that seems to affect all species except Cherijo herself and her father is trying unrelentlessly to drag her back home no matter what the circumstances I LOVED this book I ve always been a fan of space operas such as those written by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon Throw in some space romance like Linnea Sinclair and you ve got a winner, IMO I ll definitely be picking up further books in this series Similar series Vatta s War series by Elizabeth Moon Serrano Suiza series by Elizabeth Moon Dinosaur Planet series by Anne McCaffrey with E Moon J L Nye Freedom series by Anne McCaffrey


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    Stardoc by S Viehl This is a series of 10 novels, and I hope we seeNot 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 seller s option onThis 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 Stardoc by S Viehl This is a series of 10 novels, and I hope we seeNot 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 seller s option onThis 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


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    I liked the style It felt a lot like an old Star Trek novel in a lot of ways The various aliens and supporting characters were quite good especially her cat, Jenner, I m not just a dog person But I had a lot of issues with the emotional decisions Somehow, although Terrans are fanatical bigots, and she was raised by one of the worst, Cherijo is completely open minded to the point that she never even questions whether or not getting involved with a member of another species is ok She s a we I liked the style It felt a lot like an old Star Trek novel in a lot of ways The various aliens and supporting characters were quite good especially her cat, Jenner, I m not just a dog person But I had a lot of issues with the emotional decisions Somehow, although Terrans are fanatical bigots, and she was raised by one of the worst, Cherijo is completely open minded to the point that she never even questions whether or not getting involved with a member of another species is ok She s a weird mix of immature and inexperienced and confident and in control Some of that makes sense considering her background, but when and where is just too convenient and inconsistent with how a real person would behave The main romance is very rushed and hard to get behind And then there s the violence I can deal with what happened in light of what we find out later in the book But I can t accept that she enjoyed it There s really no excuse for that And despite the outside influences, the same man continues to press his attention on her with undo influence, it isn t sexy or fun She gets mad at him, but for the wrong reasons and in the wrong ways I just don t understand I m hoping to see a reason for it in the next book, similar to the reason why the big violent scene wasn t his fault, but I m leery Sorry that that s a bit confusing, I m trying not to spoil anything