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Stardoc by SL Viehl

Title: Stardoc
Author: SL Viehl
Series: Stardoc #1
Genre: Medical space opera (speaking of niche genres)
Pages: 394
Copyright Date: 2000
Cover: A dark-haired woman in a white lab coat leans over a futuristic operating table with a green scaly alien on it, while another alien assists and two more watch.
First line: "I bet Hippocrates never stepped one foot into a dump like this, I thought as I peered through the tavern's narrow entrance. Oath or no oath."
Best part: Engaging, fast-paced plot.
Worst part: I like the whole "enemies becoming friends" thing, but some stuff shouldn't be forgiven. I know that's cryptic but I don't want to give too much away - still, I feel like Cherijo is too much of a pushover when it comes to her personal boundaries.
Grade: C+
Recommended for: People who watch House and read David Weber, or any other interest in both medicine and sci fi.
Related Reads: I don't know of anything that is really like this book, Grimspace by Ann Aguillere and The Merro Tree by Katie Waitman have a similar feel.

Cherijo Grey Veil is tired of living in her father's shadow. Galactically known as a pioneer of medicine, he sucks at being a human. Cherijo has embraced his dream for her - becoming a surgeon - but she doesn't want to be micromanaged forever. When she sees her chance, she escapes to a remote frontier world. She wants nothing more than to practice in the trauma room and try to forget the awful secret she learned. But nothing is as it seems.

This is a pretty strong title, although I wish the main character could grow a backbone in her personal life. I mean, I realize that growing up with a megalomaniac is unlikely to inspire that to evolve naturally, but I found it very frustrating. That stopped it from being a great book, in my opinion. C+. I hope to see more of Dr. Veil protecting herself in future books.
Tags: books 2009, fiction
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