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Tarkin's Top Shelf

A Star Wars literary podcast that strives to deliver an educational and yet, entertaining analysis and outlook, pertaining to the new canonical novels/YA books from the galaxy far, far away. In other words, Becca and Mark are your guardians to the Whills and your librarians to the long-lost Jedi Archives.
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Jun 21, 2018

Mark and Becca are back to talk about the Force and the Whills. In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts get into some real controversial territory as they discuss the recent conversation between George Lucas and James Cameron. Each host takes a turn shedding light and connecting current continuity to Lucas' ideas for the final Star Wars trilogy. So, give it a listen and you be the judge on should've, could've, would've?

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May 30, 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story is NOW playing in theaters, and Tarkin's Top Shelf is ready to talk about it! Mark and Becca have a lot to say about Solo and so much more. Unlike the other Solo reviews you've listened to on other podcasts, Tarkin's Top Shelf has decided to turn it up a notch. Why? Well, because so much can Spawn from Solo! So, you may want to strap yourselves in and keep an eye out for the Maw. Only a complete idiot would go into a place like that.

 

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May 16, 2018

Mark and Becca are back to talk about some recent Star Wars News and that 'Mighty Skywalker Blood!' In this episode, they go over a variety of Star Wars literature that focuses on the Skywalker family. In doing so, they tackle that burning question that's circulating the internet: "Were Han and Leia 'Bad Parents?'" So, grab your 'Jedi breathing device' and get ready for a deep discussion on Tarkin's Top Shelf.

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May 2, 2018

Mark and Becca are back to talk about Daniel José Older's 'Star Wars: Last Shot!' In this episode, they go over the leading cast and the thrilling adventure that links them throughout the ages. Still, it's hard to decide if 'Last Shot' is Han's or Lando's story, or both! So, buckle up and fly casual with Tarkin's Top Shelf.

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Apr 19, 2018
​Mark and Becca are back to talk about Luke dreaming of Camie and the SOLO full-length theatrical trailer. In this episode, they discuss and go over the prelude from Jason Fry's novel adaptation of "The Last Jedi." Then they dive-in to Solo: A Star Wars Story Official Trailer and the possibilities for Older's "Last Shot."  It's a lot to digest, but hey, it's Star Wars! So grab a mug of Luke's favorite green-milk and get ready for some Tarkin's Top Shelf!
 
Sources for discussion:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi 'Expanded Edition' by Jason Fry
Solo: A Star Wars Story full-length Theatrical Trailer
 
Mar 23, 2018

Mark and Becca are back to add Star Wars: The Last Jedi to Tarkin's Top Shelf. In this episode, they discuss and go over their initial reactions to Jason Fry's novel adaptation of The Last Jedi. The good. The not so good. And, yeah, the unexpected too. Yes, the cohesion of film to paper, the characters' motivations, and connective continuity. It's a lot to digest, but hey, it's Star Wars! So, grab a mug of Luke's favorite green-milk and get ready for some Tarkin's Top Shelf!

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Mar 2, 2018

  Welcome to a special episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf! Mark and Becca are joined by Michael Moreci to talk parallels. Yup, that's right! Parallels and the blurred lines between The Last Jedi and the novelization of Revenge of the Sith. It is a story of love and loss.  Brotherhood and betrayal. Courage and sacrifice. And the death of dreams. It is a story of the blurred line between our best and our worst. It is the story of the end of an age.  And you don't want to miss it! So as always, grab a warm mug of Luke's favorite green-milk and join the conversation.

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Feb 22, 2018

A Galaxy of New Books has spawned from Solo! That's right! Disney Books has delivered the upcoming literary list of Solo Adventures:  Star Wars: Last Shot and Star Wars: Most Wanted to name a few. Mark and Becca are ready to jump on that Solo train to an all-new slew of Star Wars stories! So, don't get left behind.  Join the ride and head to the literary-verse of that galaxy far, far away.

Feb 7, 2018
It's a Special Edition of Tarkin's Top Shelf! Solo: A Star Wars Story Teaser Overview and book possibilities. In this episode, Mark, and Becca discuss the Official Teaser for Solo: A Star Wars Story. They also go over some plausible scenarios for literary adaptations for the future film. So get ready as we fly low and talk all about everyone's favorite flyboy, Solo!

You can find Tarkin's Top Shelf on the Making Star Wars Podcasting Network and listen to them on iTunes, Google Play, iHeart Radio, Player FM, Libsyn, and Stitcher. If you like the show and want to get in touch with the hosts, send an email to TTSPodFeelback@gmail.com.
 
Feb 1, 2018

Tarkin's Top Shelf is back! In this episode, Becca welcomes guest host Eric Oknenhout to the show. They discuss the upcoming book possibilities for 'Solo: A Star Wars Story.' Afterward, they dive right into their main topic for discussion. The latest Darth Vader Comics, featuring Master Nu! They review issues 8-10 by adding a bit of creative canonical-thinking to the mix. Doing their best to link the Star Wars comic-verse to 'The Last Jedi.' It's all about Darth Vader, Master Nu, and the Jedi texts! So, warm up a mug of Luke's favorite green-milk and settle in with Tarkin's Top shelf.

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Jan 25, 2018

Welcome back to another episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf! Mark and Becca go over Disney's: "Chewie and the Porgs!" Afterwards, they dissect and analyze the latest Star Wars Rebels trailer and how it ties-in with the sequel trilogy. And then, it all comes full circle with the next ten stories from Star Wars: From a Certain Point View. So, warm up a mug of Luke's favorite green-milk and settle in with Tarkin's Top Shelf as they talk about Chewie, Porgs, and Star Wars.

 

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Jan 11, 2018

Welcome back to another episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf! Mark and Becca are so excited to talk about Star Wars: The Last Jedi 'Cobalt Squadron.

Disney Books and Lucasfilm Press give us another fantastic character driven Young Adult novel with Cobalt Squadron. And, Mark and Becca do their very best to go over every bit of detail they can to connect to Star Wars: The Last Jedi! 

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Cobalt Squadron
  2. Rose and Paige Tico
  3. General Organa and Fossil
  4. Finch, Casca and Reeve Panzoro
  5. Solar Flare and the disturbance in the Force
  6. Haysian Smelt and the Tico neckalace
  7. Holdo and the Ninka 

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Dec 20, 2017

Welcome to Tarkin’s Top Shelf! The only Star Wars Literature Podcast on the internet that dissects and analyzes your favorite, and maybe, least favorite canon books. In this episode, Mark, and Becca welcome the entire cast from Idiot's Array Podcast for a spectacular Roundtable event! It's a combo show! Initial reactions to Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Del Rey's 'Canto Bight!' It's a No-Holds-Barred discussion, upfront and honest reviews, without the negativity.

 

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Dec 7, 2017
 

Tarkin's Top Shelf #26: 'The Last Jedi' and The Brightest Light Casts the Darkest Shadow! 

Welcome to another edition of Tarkin's Top Shelf! In this episode, Becca invites Ryder Waldron from Idiot's Array Podcast to join her in a thought-provoking discussion. They focus on a specific analogy from Matthew Stover's novel adaptation of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and how it ties-in with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. 

After a bit of news coverage, they get right into their main topic, connecting the literary-verse to the big screen. They dive into an in-depth conversation on Matthew Stover's analogy, "The brightest light casts the darkest shadow."  

That said, will this analogy show up in The Last Jedi? Is it already a theme? A curse the Skywalker bloodline carries over and over, generation to generation? The brighter the light, the darker the shadow? After all, you can't light a candle without casting a shadow.

 

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Nov 25, 2017

Welcome to Tarkin’s Top Shelf, the only Star Wars Literature Podcast on the internet that dissects and analyzes your favorite (and maybe least favorite) canon books. In this episode, Mark and Becca go over Disney's "The Legends of Luke Skywalker." They break down the six stories and go into a bit of creative theoretical thinking as they connect the storytelling to "The Last Jedi." But, before they dive in with both feet on Luke's Legends, your hosts discuss the current Entertainment Weekly News and New TV Spots for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

 

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Nov 9, 2017

Welcome to another edition of "Tarkin's Top Shelf"! Mark and Becca are back to continue their discussion on Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View. In this episode, they pick up right where they left off. As they discuss the next ten stories, they do a little creative theoretical thinking as well. After all, it's all about connecting canonical content from the books to the screen, and everything else in between.

Mark and Becca have a quick chitchat to catch up on the latest Star Wars Rebels and the impending Star Wars: The Last Jedi art book. Once they're all caught up, they get down to business breaking down the next section of stories. So, get cozy by the fire and check out their assessments on Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View.

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Oct 19, 2017

Welcome back to another episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf. The only Star Wars Literature Podcast on the internet that dissects and analyzes your favorite (and maybe least favorite) Canon books. In this episode, Mark, and Becca give their perspectives on Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View. Of course, the book contains 40 stories to commemorate the 40th year of Star Wars. But, your hosts will be looking at the stories in groups of 10 per episode. So, sit back and keep warm by the fire, and allow Tarkin's Top Shelf to shed some light on Star Wars literature.

 

News:
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer
  • The Official Theatrical Poster for The Last Jedi
Main Topic:
  • Breakdown: the 1st 10 stories of Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View:
  • Raymus by Gary Whitta
  • The Bucket by Christie Golden
  • The Sith of Datawork by Ken Liu
  • Stories in the Sand by Griffin McElroy
  • Reirin by Sabaa Tahir
  • The Red One by Rae Carson
  • Rites by John Jackson Miller
  • Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray
  • Beru Whitesun Lars by Meg Cabot
  • The Luckless Rodian by Renee Ahdieh

 

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Oct 4, 2017

Welcome back to another episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf. In today's show, Becca, and Mark go over the latest Star Wars novel from Del Rey Publishing: PHASMA! They dissect and analyze her mystique and origins. Phasma Fact 101: if Phasma knows you know her secrets, you will die. So, BEWARE and listen at your own risk.

Star Wars: PHASMA is written by Delilah S. Dawson and is part of "The Journey to The Last Jedi" series.

 

News:

  • Ron Howard is tweeting pictures again using the #UntitledHanSoloMovie hashtag. Was that Kessel?
  • Should we see Kessel on the big screen in the Han Solo movie?
  • Coming soon! Del Rey's Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View on October 3rd, 2017.

 

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Topic and Discussion:

  • Star Wars: Phasma--Full Analysis of her Mystique an Origins.
  • Essential Characters and their importance.
  • Con Star Mining Corporation
  • Mad Max "Thunder Dome" scenario and parallels.
  • The (Churrk) Oracle and the Rite of Passage.
  • Similarities and possible symbolism from "The Never Ending Story"
  • Continuity, Connections, and Possibilities for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
  • Will Phasma's backstory be essential going forward?
  • Where is Captain Cardinal now?

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Sep 20, 2017

Tarkin's Top Shelf is back and ready to discuss the General of the Resistance. But, before she became the General, she was 'Leia: Princess of Alderaan.' In this episode, Becca and Mark analyze one of the most anticipated Young Adult novels from the 'Journey to The Last Jedi.' Yes, that's right, you guessed it, Claudia Gray's 'Star Wars LEIA: Princess of Alderaan.

 

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Topic and Discussion:

  • Star Wars LEIA: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray and Disney Books/Publishing
  • Initial Reactions!
  • Synopsis and timeline of the book
  • Leia’s “Day of Demand”
  • Meet the Organa’s: Senator Bail Organa and Queen Breha
  • The Future of the Rebellion a.k.a. Leia’s allies
  • Padme Amidala Origins
  • Crait and Connections to Star Wars:The Last Jedi
  • Amilyn Holdo: the Star Wars equivalent to Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)
  • Moff Tarkin: the Party Crasher
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi stories of the Jedi
  • Relevance of “storms”

 

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Sep 1, 2017

In today's episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Becca, and Mark sit down and chat over a different kind of Star Wars book. Star Wars 'Super Graphic' by Tim Leong. As your hosts flip through these colorful pages of Star Wars fun, they do their best to connect the galaxy far, far away with Star Wars 'Super Graphic!'

 

News:

  • Target commercial: “Bring your Rey Game” #ForceFriday2

  • Luke comic: Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie go to Jedha City

 

Mentions:

 

Topic:

  • Connecting the saga continuity with Tim Leong’s distractingly fun ‘Super Graphic’ book

  • Force Abilities that connect throughout the saga

  • Lightsaber Lore and Mythology

  • Size Matters when it comes to galaxy far, far away

  • There are other Jedi Councils?

  • From Naboo, with Love

  • Happily Ever After or Tragic Endings?

  • Dis-members Only

  • R2D2 Odyssey

  • Mind Tricks

  • Luke’s dialogue in the films

  • Chronological Clone Wars

  • Breakdown of Rey’s Force Back (Vision)

 

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Aug 16, 2017
The Rebellion has Hope, but the Empire has Inferno Squad! In this episode, Mark and Becca go over the literary prequel to the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront II video game, "Inferno Squad." From story analysis to character breakdown, this discussion covers more than the book itself. In fact, Mark and Becca go beyond the pages of "Inferno Squad" and connect the dots to other aspects of the continuity.
  • News and Mentions:​
  • Analysis and Discussion:
    • Synopsis of the novel
    • ​Mark and Becca go into a Character Breakdown as they assess the storyline, and how it connects to other aspects of the continuity. ​
    • ​Other than continuity connections, Mark and Becca discuss possible plot lines and book connections to the upcoming video game, Star Wars Battlefront II. ​
Jul 27, 2017

Welcome back to another special edition of Tarkin's Top Shelf! This time, Mark and Becca revisit some old Legends, and the impact of the new canon, and then they venture into the possibilities of what will soon become the 'Journey to the Last Jedi.'

 

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Jun 22, 2017

Welcome back to another edition of Tarkin's Top Shelf! Mark and Becca switch things up a bit as they dive into one of the hottest topics of discussion right now, the Kyber Crystal.  In this episode, Mark and Becca take a look at the continuity surrounding the Kyber through Star Wars literature, both novels and comics, and how they align with the films.

News:

  • Starlight Foundation - Fun Centers https://www.crowdrise.com/tarkinstopshelf
  • iTunes Reviews - Please subscribe today!

Topic:

  • The continuity of the Kyber Crystal and the Mythology of the Lightsaber through literature and film of the Star Wars saga.

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Jun 8, 2017

Welcome back to another edition of Tarkin's Top Shelf! Mark and Becca discuss the Disney Young Adult novel, "Rebel Rising" by Beth Revis. They go over the detailed backstory of Jyn Erso's childhood and upbringing, and how she became a leader and ultimately, the hero the "Rebel Alliance" didn't know they needed.

 

News:

  • Starlight Foundation - Fun Centers
  • iTunes Reviews - Please subscribe today!
  • Vader Comic coming this June - The Origins of Vader’s lightsaber

 

Topic:

  • “Rebel Rising” by Beth Revis and Disney Hyperion Books - released on May 2nd, 2017
  • Continuity - How “Rebel Rising” ties in with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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May 18, 2017

Welcome back to another edition of Tarkin’s Top Shelf! Mark and Becca go over the Young Adult novel “Guardians of the Whills,” a tie-in story to the film “Rogue One.” They discuss the character relationship between Baze Malbus and Chirrut Imwe, and the exciting new scriptures of Force lore that act as an introduction to each chapter throughout the book.

Quick News Recap:

  • Partnering with Starlight Foundation: Fun Centers (All info on our twitter & Facebook pages)
  • Book Release Timeline: Coming October 2017, “From a Certain Point of View” will bring together more than 40 authors for 40 stories. Each story is written from the perspective of background characters in A New Hope — “from X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star to the stormtroopers who never quite could find the droids they were looking for,” they say.-Del Rey Books
  • Battlefront II: Inferno Squad-July-Del Rey Books
  • Phasma- September- Del Rey Books
  • September 1 – Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray.-Disney
  • October 31 – The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu.-Disney Books
  • Star Wars: the power of the Force - Reference Book - September 1st 2017

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