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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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Mar 24, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Albert and Jonesy from The Cantina Cast back to the show for Part 2 of The High Republic Junket! In this episode, your hosts continue their discussion on, Phase 1 of Star Wars: The High Republic and go over the latest Star Wars announcement about Christopher Llyod cast in Season 3 of Star Wars: The Mandalorian.

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Mar 16, 2022

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts review the latest in Star Wars Comics by Marvel, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, Halcyon Legacy (issue 1), Star Wars: Crimson Reign (issue 3), Star Wars: The High Republic (issue 15), Star Wars: The High Republic: Eye of the Storm (issue 2), and Star Wars (issue 21). But first, Mark and Becca talk KENOBI, Star Wars Celebration, the upcoming prequel books by Mike Chen and Kiersten White, and a personal thank you to E. K. Johnston.

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Mar 10, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Albert and Jonesy from The Cantina Cast for Part 1 of their Star Wars: The High Republic Junket! In this episode, Becca and Mark invite The Cantina Cast to join them as they revisit Phase 1 of the highly acclaimed Star Wars writing initiative The High Republic.

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Mar 4, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf takes a closer look at Grogu and his choice to stay with Din Djarin in the finale of The Book of Boba Fett. Your hosts discuss the events that led up to Grogu's decision, and then they explore the possibilities of how that choice may impact the future of Star Wars storytelling. But first, they go over the latest news in Star Wars as they talk about The High Republic authors boarding the Galactic Starcruiser.

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Feb 26, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf Reviews The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian (season 2), The Book of Boba Fett Finale, and The High Republic Phase II Announcements. But first, your hosts discuss the poster reveal for the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series set to debut on May 25th, 2022, the 45th anniversary of the original Star Wars film, now known as A New Hope.

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Feb 23, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf has received Exclusive Access to an excerpt from (part of) Chapter 1 of the Audiobook of E.K. Johnston's upcoming Young Adult Novel Star Wars: Queen's Hope! Thanks to Disney Books and Lucasfilm Press for allowing us to share this with all of you! Star Wars: Queen's Hope will be available for purchase Tuesday, April 5th, 2022.

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Feb 17, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes good friend and Star Wars author Kristin Baver back to the show to talk about World of Reading: Star Wars: Galaxy of Creatures! But of course, your hosts and Kristin don't stop there. They also talk about Grogu, The Book of Boba Fett, and cooking with Kanan, a.k.a. Freddie Prinze Jr. So, grab a cup of Jawa Juice and join in on the Star Wars fun!

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Feb 10, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Wookieepedia to the show! In this episode, your hosts sit down with Jordan (Supreme Leader) of Wook Official, the official site of Wookieepedia, to talk about his favorite Star Wars book, "The Courtship of Princess Leia" by the late Dave Wolverton.

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Feb 5, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf Reviews Star Wars: The High Republic: Midnight Horizon by Daniel José Older. Your hosts discuss the overall plot, character arcs, world-building, and continuity connections with The Book of Boba Fett, the Prequels, and Solo: A Star Wars Story. After which, Becca and Mark pose a question solely for Daniel Jose Older.

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Jan 29, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf Reviews Star Wars: The High Republic: Mission to Disaster by Justina Ireland. In this episode, your hosts discuss, at length, initial reactions, character arcs, worldbuilding, and the overall narrative of Mission to Disaster. Tarkin's Top Shelf highly recommends that you read the book before listening to their "no-holds-barred" analysis. The audio version is available now and the Hardcover will release on March 1st. 

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Jan 22, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Amy Richau and Dan Zehr to the show! In this episode, your hosts sit down with the authors from Star Wars: Character Encyclopedia to discuss the shared creative process behind the scenes, favorite characters, and new character entries to the ever-growing Star Wars character catalog.

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Jan 15, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf reviews all things Boba Fett! First, your hosts review STAR WARS: BE MORE BOBA FETT by Joseph Jay Franco and DK Publishing, and then they go over the first two chapters from the newest live-action series on Disney Plus, The Book of Boba Fett.

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Jan 9, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf Reviews Star Wars: The High Republic: The Fallen Star by Claudia Gray. In this episode, Mark and Becca review the latest installment of The High Republic era, The Fallen Star. Your hosts discuss world-building, character growth, and the overall plot that pushes the story forward toward the next phase of this ever-growing golden age of the Jedi. Tarkin's Top Shelf does recommend reading Star Wars: The Fallen Star before listening to their audio analysis.

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Jan 4, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf Reviews Star Wars: Jedi Artifacts (Treasures from a galaxy far, far away) and Inner Jedi (A Guided Journal for Training in The Light Side of The Force). In this episode, your hosts review two upcoming Star Wars books from their partners over at Insight Editions, and then they talk about the cover reveal for Disney's Star Wars: Stories of Jedi and Sith.

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Dec 28, 2021

Tarkin's Top Shelf Welcomes Managing Editor at Indiewire and Star Wars Author Christian Blauvelt back to the show! In this episode, your hosts sit down with Christian Blauvelt and chat a bit about his recent book, "Hollywood Victory," and then they go into a full-blown discussion on Star Wars latest writing initiative, Star Wars: The High Republic!

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Dec 19, 2021

Tarkin's Top Shelf celebrates Life Day with Cavan Scott and George Mann! In this episode, your hosts sit down with Cavan and George to talk about all-things Life Day as they go over Star Wars: Life Day Treasury. So, grab your Winter's Heart Bars and some Kroolok cupcakes and enjoy the festive chat.

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Dec 13, 2021

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts' review Sideshow Collectibles: Capturing Archetypes (volume 4) and Fine Art Prints (volume 2) from Insight Editions, the book cover art for Star Wars: The High Republic: The Fallen Star, and The Bad Batch coming to screen comix!

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Dec 6, 2021

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Kristin Baver back to the show to talk about her latest contribution on Star Wars: Year by Year. In this episode, your hosts sit down with Kristin to go over the newest additions (from the Disney merger, the Sequel Trilogy, and everything in between, and even The High Republic Era) to this informative visual history guide of Star Wars.

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Nov 30, 2021

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes the author of Star Wars: KENOBI and A New Dawn, John Jackson Miller, to the show! In this episode, your hosts sit down with Mr. Miller to discuss all things Kenobi, from its earliest conception, beginning with the initial pitch and into the long creative process that became what we now know and love as Kenobi's western tale. But your hosts don't stop there. They also go over Star Wars: A New Dawn and fan-favorites like Admiral Rae Sloane.

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Nov 24, 2021

Tarkin's Top Shelf Reviews Star Wars: THRAWN Ascendancy: Lesser Evil by Timothy Zahn and Del Rey Publishing.

In this episode, your hosts review the final installment to the latest Thrawn trilogy by veteran Star Wars author Timothy Zahn. They discuss the character arcs and motivations, the storyline and plot fulfillment, and how both Disney Era Thrawn trilogies lineup as one complete, fleshed-out story.

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Nov 22, 2021

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Chuck Wendig to the show, the author of the first Star Wars book trilogy of the Disney Star Wars era, Star Wars: Aftermath. In this episode, your hosts sit down with Chuck to discuss the creative process behind the trilogy post Return of the Jedi, including character templates, influences, and motivations and setting the foundation for the next generation of Star Wars stories.

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Nov 15, 2021

This episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf was recorded during a Livestream Pod-A-Thon event to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation and hosted by Around The Galaxy and Bombad Podcasts. In this episode, your hosts welcome New York Times Bestselling author and a High Republic Architect, Claudia Gray, to the show!

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Nov 1, 2021

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts review The Secrets of the Sith by Marc Sumerak and Insight Editions. They go over the illustrations, discuss the narrative from Palpatine's point of view, dive deep into the lore of the dark side, the rule of two, and so much more. After all, if one is to understand the great mystery of the Force, one must study all its aspects, not just the dogmatic narrow view of the Jedi.

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Oct 25, 2021

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts discuss the latest Star Wars news report from The Hollywood Reporter. Mark and Becca go over the Hayden-Hype via The Hollywood Reporter regarding the upcoming Ahsoka series on Disney Plus, multiple storylines/possibilities for Anakin Skywalker's Force Ghost or flashback sequences, then, they finish big by revisiting a live "Q & A" from December 20th, 2019 with JJ Abrams and Co. on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

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Oct 18, 2021

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts span a conversation across the stars as they discuss the upcoming content for Star Wars: The High Republic, the Prequels, and post Return of the Jedi. But first, Mark and Becca go over Star Wars: Ronin, Trail of Shadows comic, and Daniel José Older's creepy High Republic Lullaby.

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