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Captain Sophia Coloma of the Clarke has a simple task: Ferry around representatives from Earth in an aging spaceship that the Colonial Union hopes to sell to them. But nothing is as simple as it seems, and Coloma discovers the ship she’s showing off holds suprises of its own...and it’s not the only one with secrets.

"Tales from the Clarke" is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories set in the Old Man's War universe.

Listen to the complete edition of The Human Division, the fifth full-length book by John Scalzi in the Old Man's War universe.
©2012 John Scalzi (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Read em in order

I enjoyed the series more as I went through each episode. At first I struggled because it seemed like random stories set in this universe. But as it continued and I realized it was interwoven story lines I enjoyed them more. The main characters were enjoyable. It's pretty traditional sci fi fare but still worth the read.

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I just love this short series! Do them in order! 😱

5 stars is great!
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Some of these are vignettes pulled from larger works. If you're a Scalzi fan you'll have heard them before. IT DOESN'T MATTER . . .
You'll love these . . but do them in order . . 😱

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Cubs and Cards help out Harry Wilson

Good ol' Harry back to stir things up in a story that is typical John Scalzi. Love the humor and even has baseball thrown in for good measure. More intrigue and mystery to build upon previous episodes, but this is a nice little self contained story, well worth the 69 cents

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Very good 5th story

These short stories are starting to come together to make a very good saga.
All have great narration. The narration of any book is very important to any story.

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  • Joshua
  • mcleansville, NC, United States
  • 02-12-13

Another Engaging Episode

This was another fun little episode in Scalzi's ongoing series. Scalzi continues to craft the interesting characters and crew of the Clarke together piece by piece. This one picks up after episode 3, but doesn't follow directly, rather continues the story some weeks later. Wilson and the crew get a new ship, but not the kind they wanted, and the mission they are sent on is not all it seems to be at first.

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The Crew is Back!!!

i liked this episode, there is a moment in it where you get a good laugh... and you see the results from the past episode and what the union is doing now for earth....

I hope the next episode will be more and more deep into the plot...

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Wrong Voice

Throughout the series the narrator does the wrong voices once in a while. A man and a woman will be talking and suddenly the man has a woman's voice. It's a bit of a distraction, shoulda been an easy fix :/

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Tales from the Clarke, ship that keeps flying

I have enjoyed John Scalzi, mostly short stories, but now I am hooked and like to check out his novels or longer stories. Well worth the listen, but get the first 4 to understand this 4th Episode.

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Frustrated. But still hanging on...

(Follows from my reviews in eps 1-4.) So, I think I'm figuring out what that ineffable "something" is that I'm not gelling with in these "episodes" format.

I think it's the fact that each of these "self-contained" short stories feels like chapters of a novel where the first third of each chapter finds us breaking continuity so the author can "re-acquaint" us again with the storyline. If you see irony in breaking continuity so as to keep readers aware of a continuous storyline, don't worry, you're not alone.

Then there's the whole bit toward the end of each chapter where we have to slow momentum -- just when it's starting to build -- for the sake of wrapping up with a convenient end to the episode....

... Only to start the next episode and have to suffer an indoctrination all over again to summarize highlights in previous episodes.

That's what I don't like about this serial format.

Okay. With that off my chest. On to Episode 6. >:-\

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Not a standalone story

This is Episode 5 of the Human Division series. Scalzi has apparently divided what could have been one book into multiple separate episodes. I don't understand that logic (at least not yet), as the episodes don't stand alone unless you're a fan of a very short plot with a flimsy leave-you-wondering type of ending. Hopefully the weak connection between the episodes will build with each one and culminate in an interesting finale, but that is not evident yet after five episodes.

Reader did a good job, even though it was not a difficult narration to perform. This episode lacked the irritating transcript style with all the he said/she said crap which absolutely ruined some of the earlier ones. Thank goodness!

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  • Karl Gjertsen
  • 04-08-13

Great short story

This is a great short story, in a collection of intertwined short stories.

I will look for more title by this author.