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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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Sep 9, 2021

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes the founder of Fanthatracks, Mark Newbold, to the show for a Star Warsy book chat. Mr. Newbold is a regular contributor to the official Star Wars website and Star Wars Insider Magazine. In this episode, your hosts ask Mark about his all-time favorite Star Wars books and discuss his Star Wars journey and his fandom experience over the years.

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Sep 5, 2021

Tarkin's Top Shelf reviews Star Wars: The High Republic: Tempest Runner by Cavan Scott. Star Wars: The High Republic: Tempest Runner is an original audio drama performed by a "full cast" and brought to you by Penguin Random House Audio. In this episode, your hosts discuss the overall narrative, characters arcs, and the ever-growing story of The High Republic. 

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ever-growing story of Star Wars: The High Republic.

 

Sep 1, 2021

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Star Wars book author and Managing Editor for Nerdist Amy Ratcliffe back to the show! In this episode, your hosts and Amy sit down to recap season 1 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch and discuss their overall thoughts on the first season and hopes for season 2. So, before you click play, fix yourself a big bowl of Mantell Mix and enjoy the conversation.

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Aug 29, 2021

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts review Secrets of the Force: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of STAR WARS. For the past four decades, no film saga has touched the world in the way that Star Wars has, capturing the imaginations of filmgoers and filmmakers alike. Now, for the first time (ever), Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman, the bestselling authors of The Fifty-Year Mission, are telling the entire story of this blockbuster franchise from the very beginning in a single exhaustive volume.

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Aug 22, 2021

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts welcome Chris Ryons and Dan Miller from Broaxium to the show! It's a "beyond the panel" discussion as they go over the latest Star Wars announcements and news: the official trailer for Star Wars: VISIONS, Weyland, and the upcoming comic series, Crimson Reign.

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Aug 14, 2021

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts welcome Kelly Knox, the author of Marvel Monsters and Star Wars: Vader Immortal Digital Art Book, to the show! Kelly is well-known for her punny Star Wars jokes on Twitter and her knack for crafts from a galaxy far, far away. All that aside, Kelly has a lot more to share about her love and passions for Star Wars, Marvel, Anime, and her number one guy, Darth Vader!

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Aug 11, 2021

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca welcome Justin Bolger to the show! Justin, formerly known as "Apex Fan" to the Star Wars community on Twitter while he worked as the official Star Wars media specialist, sits down with your hosts for a bookish chat about some of his favorite Star Wars books. The conversation takes some wild and uncomfortable turns as they share their perspectives on Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire by Steve Perry and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Visual Dictionary by James Luceno. 

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Jul 30, 2021

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts go over the latest Star Wars news regarding The High Republic and its next wave of stories. They recap the recent "High Republic Show" and the announcement of Star Wars: The High Republic: Tempest Runner, original audiobook by Cavan Scott and Penguin Random House Audio, and the Full Voice Cast! And lastly, but certainly not least, Mark and Becca answer some listener feedback on Star Wars: The Rising Storm and Out of the Shadows.

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Jul 27, 2021

Tarkin's Top Shelf reviews Star Wars: The High Republic: Out of the Shadows by Justina Ireland and Disney Books. Your hosts discuss the characters and their arcs, the plot points, the timeline, and continuity payoffs. It's an in-depth, no-holds-barred review that Mark and Becca strongly recommend reading the book first before listening to the show.

Thank you, Disney Books and Lucasfilm Press, for supplying Tarkin's Top Shelf with advanced copies of Star Wars: The High Republic: Out of the Shadows for review purposes.

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Jul 22, 2021

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts discuss "Deep Reading" with Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. As Matthew W. Stover says, "there are no "deep writers," just "deep readers." And with that, Tarkin's Top Shelf gives you one helluva in-depth discussion that talks you through some Star Wars mazes on a literary journey in a galaxy far, far away. It's [Star Wars] like poetry. They rhyme. 

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Jul 15, 2021

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Matthew W. Stover, the author of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, to the show! In this episode, Mark and Becca sit down with Mr. Stover and discuss the creative process, character motivations, metaphorical fears, and the narrative of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. It's a trip down Star Wars memory lane, sixteen years, to be exact! And, there are even some George Lucas stories as well. So, you might want to buckle up, baby. This one's coming in Sith hot!

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Jul 8, 2021

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Star Wars: The High Republic story architect Daniel José Older back to the show! In this episode, your hosts chew the fat or, if you're a Drengir, chew the meat with Daniel José Older about his recent book for the 2nd wave of The High Republic, "Race to Crashpoint Tower." They talk about the creative process behind The High Republic, character arcs, dinosaurs, Drengir, MEATS, and yes, they even ask about sweet seafood, too.

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Jun 29, 2021

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts review Star Wars: The High Republic: Race to Crashpoint Tower by Daniel Jose Older, Disney Books, and Lucasfilm Press. Race to Crashpoint Tower is the second middle-grade novel within The High Republic publishing campaign, the first being A Test of Courage. Race to Crashpoint Tower follows two young Padawans who have to learn "what being a Jedi is all about" as they fight dangerous threats against the Republic. Again, this is a No-Holds-Barred kind of show, so please, be sure to read "Race to Crashpoint Tower" first if you do not wish to be spoiled. 

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Jun 29, 2021

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts review Star Wars: The High Republic: The Rising Storm by Cavan Scott and Del Rey Publishing. Mark and Becca discuss the Republic Fair, Valo, The Nihil, character arcs, plot points, Dinosaurs, and the narrative throughout the novel. It's a No-Holds-Barred kind of show, so please, be sure to read "The Rising Storm" first if you do not wish to be spoiled.

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Jun 26, 2021

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca discuss the recent interview with Leslye Headland regarding Star Wars: The Acolyte and her writing room via cinemablend.com. Your hosts also touch on the current articles regarding Emilia Clarke reprising her role as Qi'ra in a future Star Wars project.

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Jun 14, 2021

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts take a closer look at Leia Organa, the Jedi Padawan of her brother, Master Luke Skywalker. Mark and Becca question why Leia decided to put down the saber and hop back on the political bandwagon again? They discuss foreboding dreams of losing Ben, history repeating itself, and possibly, knowledge obtained from the "restricted section" of the old Jedi Archives now known as "the Sacred Jedi Texts." References include Leia: Princess of Alderaan, Aftermath: Life Debt, and Star Wars: Bloodline.

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Jun 6, 2021

Tarkin's Top Shelf takes a break from the books in episode 142. Your hosts explore possible continuity connections between The Bad Batch animated series and the upcoming live-action series, The Book of Boba Fett. Ok, so taking a break from Star Wars books is true, but not in the figurative sense. You see, Mark and Becca take a closer look at Omega and try to discern if her character may or may not play a pivotal role in the Disney Plus series, The Book of Boba Fett.

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May 26, 2021

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Amy Ratcliffe, the author of Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy and The Jedi Mind, back to the show to talk about her latest book, Star Wars: The Art of Galaxy's Edge. Your hosts sit down with Amy and go over the creative process, both behind the scenes and with hands-on, on-site research. It's quite the conversation that hits all the personal notes and tones for every Star Wars fan. So grab a frothy mug of Hondo's "Smuggler's Rum" and enjoy the discussion!

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May 20, 2021

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes, Kristin Baver the Associate Editor of StarWars.com and Author of Skywalker: A Family At War, to the show! In this episode, Mark and Becca sit down with Kristin to talk about the Skywalker family and their legacy in a galaxy far, far away. Come to find out. We don't know everything there is to know about this fictional family. So buckle up, baby. There's a lot of Skywalker drama ahead.

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May 14, 2021

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca take another look at tie-ins between on-screen and literature mediums. Your hosts revisit Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron's, Victory's Price, and how it connects to The Bad Batch in "Cut and Run." As they continue their "Tie-In" discussion, they find other similarities between Thrawn's Greater Good and certain characters and their characteristics within the animated series of The Bad Batch. So, strap in for some Top Shelf tie-ins and get ready to be charmed, to the last.

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May 5, 2021

Tarkin's Top Shelf celebrates Star Wars Day with Clayton Sandell! In this episode, Mark and Becca welcome Clayton Sandell to the show to talk about May the Fourth, The Bad Batch, Star Wars memories, and a brief look at one of Clayton's favorite canon novels, Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel.

Thank you so much for listening and for supporting the show over the years. May the Fourth be with you. Always.

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Apr 27, 2021

Tarkin's Top Shelf reviews the second novel of the Thrawn Ascendancy Trilogy, Star Wars: THRAWN Ascendancy: Greater Good. In this episode, Mark and Becca take a closer look inside the Nine Ruling Families of the Chiss, their political background, and where exactly Thrawn stands within both. But first, your hosts discuss the latest in Star Wars news.

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Apr 22, 2021

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts go a bit off the rails with Skywalker rants and Kenobi tangents. Mark and Becca go over the recent Twitter discourse about Chris Terrio's comments regarding the "A New Home" sequence from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and then they follow up their discussion by revisiting the Lords of the Sith novel by Paul S. Kemp and how it may or may not correlate with the upcoming Kenobi series on Disney Plus.

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Apr 12, 2021

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts' review Skywalker: A Family At War by Kristin Baver and DK Publishing. Skywalker: A Family At War is a historical biography of the fictional Skywalker family and the turbulent story surrounding their family dynasty. But first, Mark and Becca go over the latest in Star Wars news.

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Mar 28, 2021

Tarkin's Top Shelf takes a closer look at Qui-Gon Jinn and Palpatine (the top two influencers of the Skywalker family) in preparation for the upcoming Star Wars family biography by Kristin Baver, Skywalker: A Family At War. Your hosts discuss the recent excerpt for Skywalker: A Family At War and revisit the Aftermath Trilogy by Chuck Wendig. But first, Mark and Becca talk about the latest in Star Wars News.

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