Category Archives: S. L. Viehl

October 2010 Releases

Done with September 2010 Releases? Here are the October 2010 Releases. To check release dates further into the future, check Reading Wishlist.

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August 2010 Releases

Done with July 2010 Releases? Here are August 2010 Releases. To see further into the future, check Reading Wishlist.

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7 New Covers

Jennifer Armintrout: Ashes to Ashes (UK) Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Ally Condie: Matched Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Megan Hart: Exit Light
Caitlin Kittredge: Pure Blood (UK) Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
Yolanda Sfetsos: Unnatural
Maggie Stiefvater: Linger (UK) Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)
S. L. Viehl: Dream Called Time Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

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[REVIEW] StarDoc – S. L. Viehl

S. L. Viehl
StarDoc (StarDoc, Book 1)
Penguin Roc (US: 1st January 2000; CA: 13th January 2000)
Buy (US) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Dr Cherijo Grey Veil may be an expert surgeon on Terra, but has a steep learning curve on K-2. Most of her Trauma patients are of species she’s never encountered before, and her fellow doctors aren’t all playing nice. But these are nothing compared to the contagion destroying lives before Cherijo can even identify what it is, and how to treat it.

The contagion should be the final climax, but instead there’s more to come. And are the earlier scenes with all her different patients really necessary? I get the feeling pantsing came before plotting, resulting in a little lack of focus. Family? Lovers? Patients? Politics? Altogether they make the story feel longer than perhaps it should be.

But StarDoc is a true page-turner. The trauma cases are by far the breadwinners, but there are likable characters in Ana Hansen, Alunthri, and of course Jenner. The family and politics issues often seem repeated, and the romances are just awkward. Normally I don’t share spoilers, but in this case there’s something that a lot of readers like to be forewarned about: a rape scene.

Overall, StarDoc is rather engrossing, and leaves me wanting the rest of the series, but this is problematic as most of the books are out-of-print.