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Stardoc (Stardoc #1)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  2,473 ratings  ·  122 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
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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Amanda
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Joey Cruz
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Felicia
I mean....not really that well written, it was just silly sometimes but I kinda enjoyed the mind-candy ride :D
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
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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Rebecca
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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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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Janice (Janicu)
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
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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Tez
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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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Carolyn F.
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
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Faith
Pure fluff. I enjoyed the medical stuff a lot - it doesn't require much of the brain cells, and it's entertaining.

Though the second half of the book - with the epidemic - rapidly deteriorates.

The romance was ridiculously rushed and the love triangle was weird - especially since the author seems to be setting up Cherijo for the Reever, and he's super creepy.

No, really. Viehl seems to think his behavior is okay so long as Cherijo is attracted to him, but it's really not. He consistently ignores bo
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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.
Valerie
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
The rapist love-triangle subplot manages to make Twilight look well-adjusted.
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Paradoxical
I liked it well enough, barring a few misgivings. There were a few tropes used that made me roll my eyes, and Cherijo seems like she can do no wrong, but overall I enjoyed the book. As long as you don't come to the book (series) with the expectation of something--I don't want to say 'more serious' because it's not like the book is comical, but it does have a definite lighter feel to it than other science fiction books I've read. There is a large emphasis on the romantic life of Cherijo, which is ...more
Becky Hoffman
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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Dianne
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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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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Amber Dawn
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
Katie
I loved the medical drama of this book, how Cherijo figured out the puzzles of anatomy of a variety of species and her ability to adapt to situations when they became dangerous in order to fulfill her oath as a doctor.

However, her relationship with Kao was severely underdone. They meet once "on screen" and then only a few times afterward (not shown) and suddenly, they're in love? Suddenly, Kao would like to Choose her, as a lifetime mate? It doesn't compute. I didn't feel any sort of emotional
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Rebecca
I found this to be an interesting new take on the sci -fi space story. I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I really liked the main character Cherijo. I liked the way a very human, familiar set of medical protocols were mixed in with the future medicine and alien physiology. While it is all obviously made up, it felt as if this is how it would happen. The other aspects of the story with her origins and her romances and troubles were enjoyable too. I have to say that after the 6th book the main chara ...more
Coucher de soleil
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Coy
Oct 28, 2008 Coy rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Coy by: Vicki
This is chick-lit set in space. If you are a woman you are more likely to like it better than I did. I didn't identify with the characters. In parts it was OK. The author obviously knew a lot about the medical field, but for me a lot of it felt forced and contrived (the scifi part, not the medical aspect). It would pass for a writing student's project, but I didn't think it was ready for prime time. Sometimes it was slightly preachy. Much of the time it seemed whiny. I didn't care about her rela ...more
Mariah Jensen
I...I really don't know what to say about this. I absolutely loved this book in the first half and I was so excited for it. Then it exploded suddenly and horribly like the Death Star.

I got to the rape scene and (view spoiler)
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Hali Sowle
My second time reading this book, although it has been 10 years since my first read it was still familiar and still as wonderful. Cherijo Grey Veil is a surgeon, extremely talented and gifted, much like her cold, remote father. When she learns a secret of her fathers she knows she needs to leave Earth, quickly and quietly and she takes a position as a emergency room surgeon at the free clinic on the planet Kevarzanga-2 (K2). But trouble follows her there, the head surgeon and one of the other cl ...more
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