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Star Surgeon Paperback – November 1, 2006
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The hero, who is of a different race making this book about how alien we preceive aliens, also has a empathic relationship with a little creature that sits on his shoulder and is awfully much like a Tribble.
Also the concept of an intellegent parasite and sybolic relationships pre-date Star Trek Next Generation and Deep Space Nine concepts of the Trill as well as Stargate concepts of the Gu-a-uld.
This book will teach young readers that things aren't always as they appear and that you have to dig deeper and look beyond the superficial!
It also teaches them not to use a crutch!
Some very advanced concepts for even adult sci-fi, but aimed at an audience 9 - 14 years old.
Good, intellegent reading.
"Star Surgeon" is also unique in choosing to cast an alien character in the principle narrative role. Dal Timgar grew up on Garv II with dreams of one day becoming a physician like the brave doctors of Hospital Earth. But there's a problem: only Earth men have every been trained to serve as doctors in the Galactic Confederation of Worlds. Dal faces challenges along the way, some from enemies, some from friends, and some from the hardest person in the universe to fight: himself.
Alan E. Nourse, a physician himself, establishes the narrative's tone early on. Upon graduating from medical school Dal is summoned to appear before a grand council of doctors to review his credentials. The problem? Even though he arrived early the plane takes off without him. An unsympathetic airport worker dismisses his needs because "Only graduates can get reservations this time of year," and Dal, obviously a foreigner with his spindly frame and gray fur, couldn't possibly be one of them. Watching the other doctors leave for their assignments sinks Dal's spirits even lower. It's Golden Age scifi info dumping, sure, but in its finest form: establishing backstory and characterization all at the same time, and instantly endearing Dal to the reader.Read more ›
This book has something for everyone, I think, since I can still enjoy it as much at 21 as I did at 7.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Norse is one of my favorite authors from grade school times to far back to remember. This was my first book of his to read and still my favorite.Published 2 days ago by derMouse
I read this 40 years ago. It was great to be able to get this old title for my iPad. Love it!Published 17 months ago by Steven Warner
I first read this book when I was eight years old, Star Surgeon is the book that started me on the life long love of Science Fiction. Read morePublished 19 months ago by conshydot
I had read this when I was in high school, as well as "Raiders From The Rings," so I was glad to get this book back into my library.Published 20 months ago by TheoGrouch
do not pay for this kindle edition. it is available for free. great book about discrimination and bullying. love mr. timgar and tiger.Published 21 months ago by tbyg
I've loved this book since I first read it as a teenager, thrilled to find it available for the kindle!!Published on March 5, 2014 by Jimma Shearer
This is classic juvenile fiction written by one who is very familiar with medical routines and protocol. Read morePublished on March 7, 2010 by Laura M. DeWulf