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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  3,658 ratings  ·  199 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
Paperback, 394 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Roc
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Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
[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
Jamie Collins
Apr 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Sep 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Joey Cruz
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Lilia Ford
Dec 01, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Jun 06, 2007 rated it did not like it
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May 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jan 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, 2019
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 diff
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
Nov 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Amber Dawn
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Quite a bit of this book reads like James Herriot in space. (I guess more modern readers might instead say this is a medical drama in space.) And I have to admit that --- plus the sheer number of characters --- got a bit tedious at times.

Otherwise, though, the story was fascinating with a strong hook and a likable protagonist. S.L. Viehl did an excellent job of teasing us with the backstory, and the front story is also a good one. The price was right too, making this one of the few b
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, space-operas
A very enjoyable read. I recommend it.
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
Oooph. I love S.L. Viehl and the story and the writing were just as impeccable as the last book she wrote. BUT there's a gratuitous [Trigger Warning] rape scene that really didn't need to be included that gets this book downgraded for me.
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 firs
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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).

The heroine, due to afiction--
Jan 14, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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
Jun 24, 2011 rated it liked it
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 h
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Jun 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 12, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The rapist love-triangle subplot manages to make Twilight look well-adjusted.
Keamy Loken
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
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May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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'
TW: Rape, a little sex, some violence but not too much.

[16 July 2019}
This surprised me. I started out thinking it was rather juvenile -- an exercise in how many weird aliens the author could imagine. And I didn't much like the heroine. She seemed entitled, demanding, angry, and a little unbelievable. Never having studied alien physiology, she was suddenly able to treat any species. But I couldn't quite put it down. I kept wanting to know what happened next. And the author's ima
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