Plague Of Memory: A Stardoc Novel by S. L. ViehlPlague Of Memory: A Stardoc Novel by S. L. Viehl

Plague Of Memory: A Stardoc Novel

byS. L. Viehl

Mass Market Paperback | January 2, 2007

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Dr. Cherijo Torin is not herself. With no memory of her past-or even of the man she loved-she sees herself as a different person and has no desire to remember who she once was. But Cherijo must remember if she's to develop a cure for the Hsktskt plague before their race becomes extinct.
S. L. Viehl is the author of several novels including the Stardoc series, the Bio Rescue series, as well as Paradise Island, and Blade Dancer. She lives in Florida with her family.
Title:Plague Of Memory: A Stardoc NovelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 6.75 × 4.17 × 1.01 inPublished:January 2, 2007Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0451461231

ISBN - 13:9780451461230

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hopefully on the rebound If you've not read Viehl's 'Stardoc' series before, you might have ended up where I was, at 'Rebel Ice' and just fuming at that Viehl had done with the plot and characters. It really made me mad, felt like a forced 'reboot' with no real forethought. 'Plague of Memory,' continues the story and makes me believe that Viehl was actually going somewhere, with forethought and an interesting twist or two for the plot. Basically, in this novel, we rejoin the Jarn character, who still has no real notion of who she used to be, with her consistently infuriating husband Duncan, and their precocious child Marel, on the Sunlace, the Jorenian ship that has served as their home for a few books. We get more about the Jorenian culture (a good), and revisit Hawk, the gay human-avian-alien half-breed (a very good), and a few touching moments with the cast and Jarn's interactions with them as she struggles to create her own persona from the ashes of Cherijo's journals. Duncan soars to new heights as a character I just can't wait to see go (he just doesn't seem to have any redeeming features beyond his love for Jarn/Cherijo, and even then, he's obsessive, over-protective, and manipulative to the nth degree), and I liked where Jarn was going, right up until about the mid-point of the novel. The actual 'A' plot - a plague developing on the Hsktskt homeworld - doesn't capture you as much as the character interplay, but I'm worried that the whole plot of 'Rebel Ice' may have been the Jump the Shark for the Stardoc series. I did enjoy this book well enough that I'll read the next, but I won't be snapping it up as soon as I see it. If nothing else, I'm wanting to see Alunthri, Hawk, and Marel develop - not the main characters - which I guess means I've sort of lost my steam with the series at all.
Date published: 2007-01-05

Editorial Reviews

"An excellent interesting series of interspecies medical adventures."