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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 5, 2021

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes author Alexander Freed to the show to talk about Star Wars: Victory's PriceAlexander Freed is the author of the Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron trilogy, Star Wars: Battlefront: Twilight Company, and Star Wars: Rogue One and has written many short stories, comic books, and videogames. In this episode, Mark and Becca sit down with Alexander Freed to talk about a Star War and space jams that inspire and lead Alphabet Squadron against the last remnants of the evil Empire. 

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Feb 23, 2021

Padme' and Geode, and Sith, Oh My! In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca take a moment to discuss what's coming to our Star Wars bookshelves in a galaxy not so far, far away. That's right! Your hosts talk about the upcoming Padme' book, "Queen's Hope" by E.K. Johnston, and "The Secrets of Sith" by Marc Sumerak. Then, your hosts wrap things up with some sedimentary nonfiction talk. Yes, it's all about Geode and the path that rocks.

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Feb 13, 2021

Tarkin's Top Shelf takes a break from book reviews and spends an entire episode going over some listener feedback. That's right, Mark and Becca take the time to respond to their listeners' emails and dive deep into those ideas and questions. And yes, Mark does take the conversation down some longwinded tangents, so you've been warned.

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Feb 3, 2021

Tarkin's Top Shelf reviews Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the Dark by Claudia Gray and Disney Books. "Into the Dark" is a Young Adult novel by Disney Books and is the third novel (so far) from The High Republic series. 

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca go over the latest novel from The High Republic series, "Into the Dark." Your hosts take a deep dive "Into the Dark" as they discuss the overall story, plot twists, character backstory, connectives, and narrative, and saga continuity.

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Jan 29, 2021

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes author Amy Richau to the show! In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts sit down with Amy Richau to discuss the lessons in love and friendship in a galaxy far, far away; Star Wars: I love you. I know. Thanks to DK Publishing for providing advanced copies for review.

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Jan 19, 2021

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca review The High Republic: A Test of Courage by Justina Ireland. Your hosts take a deep-dive into the second story from The High Republic Era that follows a young Vernestra Rwoh on her very first mission as a Jedi Knight. They discuss how A Test of Courage expands the story by adding more mystique to the ominous Nihil and the Noble Jedi of The High Republic.

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Jan 15, 2021

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes one of the lead story architects on the Star Wars cross-platform initiative The High Republic and New York Times Bestselling author, Daniel José Older to the show! In this episode, Mark and Becca sit down with Mr. Older to talk about all things Star Wars and the collaborative creative writing process behind The High Republic.  

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Jan 4, 2021

In review: Star Wars: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule and Del Rey Publishing. In this episode, Mark and Becca sit down to discuss the most anticipated novel of the year! Star Wars: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule is the introduction to The High Republic, the golden age of the Jedi. Your hosts go over the format of how the novel is structured, plus the core plot for both the Jedi and the Nihil, followed by the current standing of the ever-growing Republic, led by Chancellor Lina Soh. Please be aware that this episode is heavy in details that may be considered spoilers to anyone who has not read Star Wars: Light of the Jedi.

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Dec 22, 2020

Tarkin's Top Shelf takes a moment from reading to discuss the season finale of season 2 of the Disney Plus series: The Mandalorian. In this episode, Mark and Becca go over how the series has successfully incorporated literature into its live-action narrative. But first, your hosts talk a bit about some recent Star Wars News.

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Dec 10, 2020

Tarkin's Top Shelf is back with Part 3 of their review of Star Wars: From A Certain Point Of View: The Empire Strikes Back. In this episode, Mark and Becca discuss chapters 28 through 40 and talk about how each one changes or enhances The Empire Strikes Back. But first, your hosts go over the latest chapter of Star Wars: The Mandalorian: The Tragedy on Disney Plus.

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Dec 2, 2020

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes author Cole Horton to the show! In this episode, your hosts' review "The Star Wars Book" by DK Publishing and co-authored by Cole Horton, Dan Zehr, and Pablo Hidalgo. Mark, Becca, and their special guest Cole Horton discuss the writing process, concept planning, and all the makings that went into crafting this wonderous exploration of the galaxy far, far away that is "The Star Wars Book."

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Nov 25, 2020

Tarkin's Top Shelf is back with Part 2 of their review of Star Wars: From A Certain Point Of View: The Empire Strikes Back. In this episode, Mark and Becca discuss chapters 15 through 27 and talk about how each one changes and uniquely enhances the film. But first, your hosts go over the latest chapter of Star Wars: The Mandalorian: The Siege on Disney Plus.

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Nov 14, 2020

In this Episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca sit down to discuss the first fourteen of forty stories from Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back. Your hosts take a close look at each of the first fourteen short stories and talk about how each one changes and uniquely enhances the film. But first, they go over the latest chapter of Star Wars: The Mandalorian on Disney Plus. So, if you have yet to see chapter 11: The Heiress, then proceed with caution as this episode may contain some spoilers about The Mandalorian.

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Nov 5, 2020

Tarkin's Top Shelf reviews Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 2 Poster Book by Disney Books and Lucasfilm Press. Mark and Becca sit down to discuss Episode 1: The Marshal from Season 2 of Star Wars: The Mandalorian on Disney Plus, Cobb Vanth's character crossover debut from Star Wars: Aftermath trilogy, and the Poster Book of Season 2.

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Oct 24, 2020

Tarkin's Top Shelf jumps on The High Republic Hype Train! In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca sit down and take a closer look at the upcoming Star Wars: The High Republic series coming out this January. They discuss possible continuity connections, Jedi Lore through the lens of the Knights of the Roundtable, and lightsabers in comparison to Excalibur. Essentially, anything and everything is possible, and this is just the beginning!

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Oct 13, 2020

Tarkin's Top Shelf apologizes in advance for the audio interference found within this episode. Unfortunately, there are some inconsistencies with the recording, resulting in the form of an echo. Your hosts' hope that you'll still find the interview worthwhile and enjoyable despite the audio hiccup. In this episode, Mark and Becca welcome Amy Ratcliffe back to the show! They discuss her latest work, "The Jedi Mind (Secrets from the Force for Balance and Peace)," and the importance of mindfulness and self-care.

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Oct 2, 2020

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts' review, "A Jedi, You Will Be," by Preeti Chhibber and Disney Publishing. But that's not all! No. They sit down for a deep-dive discussion on The Mandalorian and realize this conversation could be a "bridger" too far. As in, Ezra Bridger. Shoutout to Rahul Kohli for the fun tweets on twitter!

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Sep 15, 2020

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes E. Anne Convery, The Clone Wars Anthology Author of the short-story "Bug," to the show! Your hosts' had the honor to sit-down with the delightful and talented author of the only original short-story from Star Wars: The Clone Wars - stories of the light and dark, E. Anne Convery, and discuss "Bug," Star Wars, and fairytale themes. So please, join Mark and Becca as they geek out with E. Anne Convery!

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Sep 5, 2020

Tarkin's Top Shelf reviews Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy (Chaos Rising) by Timothy Zahn and Del Rey Publishing. In this episode, your hosts discuss the first story of a new Thrawn trilogy as they journey back to the wars among the stars, to a time long ago "Beyond" a galaxy far, far away. But first, Mark and Becca take the time to go over the latest in Star Wars news, The High Republic

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Sep 1, 2020

Tarkin's Top Shelf is LIVE from Force Fest Celebration! In this episode, your hosts bring their discussion to the Force Fest virtual stage as they talk about character crossovers and the evolution of literary characters from storybook to on-screen, and to live-action in their very own theme park, Star Wars: Galaxy Edge! Headlining their conversation is none other than General Organa's most trusted spy, Vi Moradi, code name Starling, Amaka Kottu, Evette Harlo, or Magpie.

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Aug 22, 2020

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Sarah Kuhn, the author of Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (audio drama) to the show. In this episode, your hosts' invite Sarah Kuhn to discuss Chelli Lona Aphra's character, her story, and the creating process that became Doctor Aphra's chaotic chronicles of near-death experiences. So, ladies and gentlemen, and violent robots, without further ado, here's the delightful and talented Sarah Kuhn.

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Aug 13, 2020

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts' welcome Alden Diaz from Ahch-To Radio to the show. Mark and Becca sit down with Alden to discuss Star Wars perigons and cyclical connections. Specifically, the closing scene, "A New Home" from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. But first, they go over the latest in Star Wars news like Vader, issue 4, the full cast for Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Stories of Light and Dark from Random House Audio, and Force Fest.

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Aug 5, 2020

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca review Star Wars: Poe Dameron: Free Fall by Alex Segura and Disney/Lucasfilm Press. Your hosts discuss the prequel character-focused book about our favorite hot-headed star pilot, Poe Dameron. They go over character evolution, plot device, and cohesive continuity of the overall story. But first, they take a look at the latest Star Wars News from the recent Darth Vader comics and the Mandalorian tie-in novel.

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Aug 1, 2020

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts' review Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (an audio drama) by Sarah Kuhn and Random House Audio. Mark and Becca discuss the format of the story, character relevance, and evolution, and the necessity of the storyline to move the story, as a whole, forward.

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Jul 29, 2020

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca review the sequel to George Mann's "Star Wars: Myths & Fables," "Dark Legends." Your hosts discuss each story and how it connects to the real world and the galaxy far, far away. So, as the media announcement reads, "Read on if you dare!" the same thing applies here. Except, "click play, instead of reading, if you dare!"

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