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Beyond Varallan (Stardoc II) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2000
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Dr. Cherijo Grey Veil is finding her place as a Healer on the Sunlace starship, but is wracked by guilt for the terrible danger she brings to her new family. The League won't let her alone; their mercenaries attack the ship at every turn. If that weren't bad enough, there's a killer stalking the ship, an unknown madman obsessed with Cherijo, and two men vying for her affections-- Xonea Torin, a hormonally-driven Clan warrior, and Duncan Reever, the enigmatic human who, after being raised among aliens, has little idea how to behave as a human.
Stardoc II: Beyond Varallan is a wonderfully plotted book, rich with detail and well-defined characters. In my opinion, it's a definite contender for the sf Hugo award! Run, do not walk, to the nearest bookstore and get both Stardoc books. You will not be disappointed.
Warning: My only complaint is that Stardoc II ends with Cherijo caught up in another impossible situation. My reaction was, "Nooooo! It can't end here! " I'm going crazy wondering what will happen next to Cheijo. I think Ms. Viehl should be chained to her word processor until the next book comes out!
At one point the author walks us through a scene of planetary genocide. She wants us to empathize with the suffering of children and innocents. We're not talking about "light" fiction here. That being the case, it's hard to guess what Viehl was thinking when she turns to her description of the planet Ichthora, home, we're told, of the "Icky" people: reeking, slug-like, face-down-in-the-mud, bottom feeders (yet, inexplicably sentient -- contrary to everything known about evolution and biology) whom we are asked to believe can be impregnated by any other alien race that literally trips over them. In a Douglas Adams tale maybe this'd be funny, but this kind of throw away nonsense is out of place and completely at odds with the dramatic and serious tone Viehl adopts elsewhere.
Readers should be cautioned that there is a rape fantasy theme recurring throughout the Stardoc books. In Stardoc, the first book in the series, the heroine was subjected to a full-blown physical and psychic rape.Read more ›
There are, unfortunately, more of the flaws as well as the strengths. More impossibly bad luck for the heroine. More vaguely iffy science. More homogenous alien cultures. More plot twists that seem forced. More violence. More sex-related violence. If these things bothered you in the first book, I suggest putting this on your list of books-to-read-eventually-but-there's-no-rush. If, however, like me, you were so caught up in the action and fabulous characters of StarDoc that you barely registered the flaws, then you probably don't need to be told to hurry up and read this one.
So the science is only so-so. You can't expect hard science from space opera. Besides which, this book, like its predecessor, rides not on the science, but the characters. Cherijo is one of the most thoroughly likeable heroines I've come across. She's strong, noble and brave, but not annoyingly so. Certainly, as we see more in this book than in the first, she is not without flaws. Sometimes irrational, completely tactless, and with a decided lack of insight as to the natures of her relationships with some of the other characters. In this way, she is real. She's like your tough-talking friend, who, behind the loud mouth, is the most loyal and trustworthy person you know.
Reever is still strange, still unknowing of how to behave like a human, and, I'll admit it, I really like him.Read more ›
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This sequel to Star Doc was very entertaining and well written; impossible to put down. The heroine is very easy to identify with and the aliens feel like close friends. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Truthfairy
By no sexual content I mean that there are no sexual encounters that are really described. This could have been a five star book but I hated the ending so much that I nearly go... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lunarose
I love this book - every time. Cherijo kicks butt. The Jorenians are an awesome people. Joseph is a slimy bastige of the highest order. And the surprise ending... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Hermit Writer
Beyond Varallan(A Stardoc Novel)by S.L. Viehl
This is the second in a series of at least ten books so far I've gotten to 4 and they have several things in common. Read more
This is a mystery set on a space ship. It follows the exploits of Surgeon Cherijo, who is forced to make impossible choices in her professional and personal life. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Monique Atgood
Same old torture over and over. Sex with aliens. Not a lot of story. Very difficult to finish.
Probably not going to read any more of these.
Ok, first off: I loved Stardoc. I thought that the whole new colonized world from the viewpoint of a medical professional was original and fun. Like "ER" meets space opera. Read morePublished on October 30, 2013 by Maxwell Higgins
I swear I got this book only a couple days after ordering, and I didn't even ask for express shipping. Not to mention, S.L. Viehl does it again with her AMAZING sci-fi literature. Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by Erika Ashley Kehn