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Stardoc (Stardoc #1)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  3,197 Ratings  ·  168 Reviews
Dr. Cherijo Grey Veil leaves Earth and accepts a position as a physician at Kevarzanga-2's FreeClinic. Her surgical skills are desperately needed on a hostile frontier world with over 200 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 cons ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Roc
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Jamie Collins
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
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Rebecca
Sep 09, 2013 Rebecca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Joey Cruz
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Amanda
Aug 03, 2007 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Lilia Ford
Feb 18, 2016 Lilia Ford rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi

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
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Felicia
May 08, 2012 Felicia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vaginal-sf
I mean....not really that well written, it was just silly sometimes but I kinda enjoyed the mind-candy ride :D
Martina the Book Fairy
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
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Cathy
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 ...more
Becky
I knew better. I mean I should have known better. It was sci-fi after all. And that weird sci-fi where they try to explain the ecology of whole worlds and the mechanics of space travel and black holes and everything is incomprehensible to my tiny brain. Not only was it sci-fi, but it was a medical sci-fi soap opera which makes it even worse.

I don't care to know what a lascalpel (Laser scalpel) is, because it doesn't exist in real life and is therefore moot.
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It had such potential too. The first
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Tez
Feb 07, 2010 Tez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Janice (Janicu)
Aug 23, 2008 Janice (Janicu) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cherijo Grey Veil is a brilliant Terran surgeon who discovers something about her father that causes her to run away and take an assignment at a free clinic light years away from his influence in Kevarzangia Two. Because of the racism of the Terrans and her sheltered life in Terra, Cherijo has never met many aliens before. Let alone treat them. This is the first book in a series, but the story felt self contained - no giant cliffhanger, thank goodness. And while this is a science fiction novel, ...more
Carolyn F.
Jan 08, 2011 Carolyn F. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This cover is more embarrassing than any bodice ripper I've read. The picture does follow the story, but it's still pretty awful. Dr. Cherijo Grey Veil at 30 is running away from home to another part of the galaxy. There she meets some wonderful and not so wonderful people and falls in love with another alien (since she's from Terran/Earth that makes her an alien right?). The only problem I have is a fellow Terran named Reever. He seems to have no common sense - she's with someone, stop followin ...more
Sarah
Dec 03, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jensownzoo
I really enjoy this series. I like all the medical details about treating alien species (perhaps because I am a veterinarian?). Love how matter-of-fact each alien species is treated--no look-at-me-I'm-an-alien! type of exposition. The first book is my favorite because the main character is still trying to find her place in the world.
Erica Anderson
I've been on a SFR reading jag lately and just "discovered" S.L. Viehl, who has a pretty extensive backlist focused on the character of Cherijo Grey Veil, an interstellar physician. Stardoc is the first book in the series, basically a fast-paced melding of medicine and science fiction--ER with aliens.

I picked up Stardoc because I'm a fan of romance, SF, and fiction that involves medicine or medical mysteries (Ariana Franklin's series about a medieval forensic investigator is on my auto-buy list
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WillowBe
I liked it, but the romance between Kao and Cherijo was really rushed, and quite unbelievable to me. It was obvious that the author's true interest was between Reever and Cherijo. I mean, their sex is much more explicit.

Also, i think this is the only novel I have ever read where a rape was ultimately redeemed as "OK" more or less. I am a kinky, sick girl, so I have to admit I kind of liked it. Never-the-less, I couldn't understane WHY this was important to the narrative, what it taught us about
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Dianne
Sep 15, 2016 Dianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, read-2016
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 seller’s 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 t
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Amelia
So here we have an epic space opera built around a single female protagonist, Dr. Cherijo Grey Vail. She is bright and driven and has all those good traits of a strong educated character. However, life keeps throwing her big curveballs. Very big.

So, she secretly leaves her secure job and life on her home planet and runs away from... something (that unfolds throughout the book) and takes a job in a far space quadrant on a relatively newly settled planet full of interesting and varied settlers of
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Steven
Stardoc is little more than a bit of fluff. But it is a fun bit of fluff. And it is better laid out than the actual language, the writing. It is the first book in a series. The ending of this first book is almost not an ending.

The characters are too two-dimensional. The bad guys are too assuredly bad, unfailingly so, with only one bad guy turning in his wolf’s clothing for good guy attire. There were parts of the story where the timing seemed to be quite off; a person will die in in a few hours,
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Dustin
Feb 11, 2015 Dustin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, future
2.5 stars. Rounding down in this case.
The characters are decently written, the plot kept me reading, and the author did a great job of building the setting without bogging anything down in exposition dumps, buuuuut...
Yeah, the more I think about it, the less I like how everything turned out, especially the part (view spoiler)
Valerie
Jun 25, 2009 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was exactly what I wanted this morning. Fast moving, intelligent space opera with interesting characters, 'realistic' details (can I use that to describe space opera?). Went very well with my cup of coffee.
Elle
Feb 16, 2013 Elle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The rapist love-triangle subplot manages to make Twilight look well-adjusted.
C
Jun 26, 2012 C rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Bluegravity
May 14, 2016 Bluegravity rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay readers, I have checked the responses from all these other readers in regards to this book and am very disappointed that they are considering their own perspective and emotions rather than the author and the story itself. So, my synopsis is towards the book, but I will first fix all these fallacies that other readers seem to have. (You can skip to the bottom after the three issues for my usually stuff)
First, there is rape in this book (sex in general too), so if you're younger or don't want
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J.L. Dobias
Apr 25, 2015 J.L. Dobias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SSF fans who like Star Trek and BEMs
Shelves: book-shelf-08
Stardoc(Stardoc#1) by S.L.Viehl

This is one of those books I so wanted to love. It has a lot going for it. As some have mentioned it has that certain something that came of the Star Trek era. It has a plethora of alien life forms; many are similar to humans and others are more like spiders and bugs. It has this political atmosphere where the Earth shuns the aliens though star travel is an every day thing. There is a slight air of superiority in this exclusion and that is a bit off putting while d
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C.A. Knutsen
Dec 21, 2016 C.A. Knutsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I just discovered S. L. Viehl. Stardoc was published in 2000 and she has written a lot since then. This book was great!. Fast moving, well-developed characters that you care about, imaginative aliens and despicable bad guys. Tense action throughout the book. I just bought a stack of her books including the second Stardoc book, and am looking forward to a lot of enjoyable winter reading.
StarMan
With the exception of one sub-par book in Viehl's STARDOC universe, I have mostly enjoyed this series (3 to 3.5+ stars). It's an adventure/casual science fiction series that incorporates other elements (space/alien medicine, technology, good humor, and romance), which keeps things interesting.

Keep in mind that I'm a fairly harsh rater; my GR ratings average usually hovers around 2.95 stars.

I usually like "hard" sci-fi (technology or science/physics-based) more than books like STARDOC. As a serio
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Coucher de soleil
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Becky Hoffman
Aug 11, 2014 Becky Hoffman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Stardoc is a really great start to a series. Mostly when I read the first book of a series, I feel as if so much time is built telling you about the world, who all the people are, how are they significant to the story, why it is they can do the things they do, and why there is an alien with pink colored tentacles hanging from its face. But Stardoc literally takes off running. S.L. Viehl explains things as she goes and you're never left behind wondering or scratching your head.
Stardoc follows a y
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Amber Dawn
Oct 27, 2012 Amber Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All in all this is a fun science fiction book with an interesting and different plot - lady doctor with over-controlling father on xenophobic Terra takes a job on a space outpost and has to deal with medical emergencies in uncountable species, as well as difficult co-workers and culture shock. There is one thing about the book that really, really bothered me though, and this is, (mentioned in many other reviews, but I want to be tasteful and keep spoilers hidden) (view spoiler) ...more
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