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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 26, 2022

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts take a close and analytical look at the 3-episode premiere of Star Wars: Andor. For the first time since Andor dropped, Mark and Becca sit down for a chat to talk about all things Andor; the good, the gritty, the scoring, and everything in between.

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Sep 21, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf Reviews ANDOR through Early Access. In this episode, Becca flies 'Solo' as she shares her experience of Early Access or Advanced Screening for the new live-action series on Disney Plus, 'ANDOR.' Becca talks about the screening process and episodes 1-3 of the Andor series.

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Sep 13, 2022

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts are feeling the HYPE for Star Wars Pod-A-Thon to benefit Make-A-Wish and the upcoming Disney Plus series, ANDOR. Mark and Becca talk about the latest in Star Wars news, and then they discuss the eight-minute Sneak Peek of Star Wars Andor that dropped on September 8th for Disney Plus Day.

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Sep 5, 2022

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts sit down with Ryder Waldron of Idiot's Array Podcast for a Roundtable Discussion on the Tragedies in Star Wars. They explore the multiple calamities from the Skywalker Saga, the Anthology films, and beyond the screen and which ones affect them the most.

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Aug 29, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes the official officiant and author of Star Wars: The Princess and The Scoundrel, Beth Revis, to the show! In this episode, Mark and Becca sit down with Beth and get to know her (a bit) with some fun Star Wars questions. Then, your hosts ask some much need-to-questions about the newlyweds, Han and Leia from Star Wars: The Princess and The Scoundrel.

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Aug 23, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf discusses the latest Star Wars Book announcements: Star Wars JEDI: Battle Scars and The Art of Star Wars JEDI: Survivor. And then, your hosts review Marvel comics: Star Wars issue 26: Path to Victory, Mando issues 1 and 2, Crimson Reign: Darth Vader issue 23: The Shadow's Shadow, and Star Wars: Han Solo and Chewbacca.

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Aug 16, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf Review Star Wars: The Princess and The Scoundrel by Beth Revis and Del Rey Publishing. In this episode, your hosts go over the latest in Star Wars news and Pod-A-Thon announcements, and then they get into their main topic, the latest in Star Wars novels, The Princess and The Scoundrel. Mark and Becca have a No-Holds-Barred discussion and recommend reading The Princess and The Scoundrel before listening to their review.

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Aug 10, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf discusses the new official trailer for Star Wars: Andor. Your hosts go into a deep-dive conversation that includes Star Wars literature and how it may or may not relate to the upcoming live-action series featuring Cassian Andor. But first, Mark and Becca make a few announcements regarding Pod-A-Thon benefitting Make-A-Wish.

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Aug 3, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Meg Dowell to the show! In this episode, your hosts invite the editor from 'Dork Side of the Force' Meg Dowell, to talk about her favorite Star Wars book 'Star Wars: Ahsoka.' Their discussion spans Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, The Mandalorian, and The Book of Boba Fett.

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Jul 26, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf Reviews Star Wars: PADAWAN by Kiersten White and Disney Books. In this episode, your hosts review Star Wars: Padawan and have a deep dive discussion on continuity connections and questions. Mark and Becca hold nothing back as they talk about the characters, world-building, and the newfound questions that make you go, "hmmm..." in the best way possible! But first, they talk about the latest Star Wars news and announcements.

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Jul 19, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Author of Star Wars: Battles that Changed the Galaxy and Historian of the First World War Entente Allies Chris Kempshall to the show! In this episode, your hosts sit down with Chris to discuss his contributions as a coauthor of Star Wars: Battles that Changed the Galaxy and his expertise on the First World War.

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Jul 12, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf Reviews Star Wars: Stories of Jedi and Sith by Disney Publishing Worldwide. In this episode, your hosts talk about the upcoming Andor series coming to Disney Plus on August 31st, 2022. They also announce their involvement in the next Pod-A-thon for the Make-A-Wish Livestream event! After the news and announcements, your hosts dig into the ten anthology stories from Star Wars: Stories of Jedi and Sith. 

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Jul 4, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf Reviews Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith by Del Rey Publishing and Adam Christopher. In this No-Holds-Barred Review, your hosts discuss the plot points, world-building, story continuity, and character growth from Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith. They also discuss, at length, how there's always a bit of truth in legends.

 

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Jun 30, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf interviews author Adam Christopher at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim about Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith! This episode was recorded live on-site while at Star Wars Celebration. Your hosts sit down with Adam Christopher to discuss all things Shadow of the Sith, character arcs, world-building, and story continuity.

 

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Jun 27, 2022

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts take a break from the books and review Part VI, the Finale of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Mark and Becca discuss the overall story, character motivations, dialogue (and delivery), and possible story directions for the future of Star Wars.

 

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Jun 23, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes back to the show author Kelly Knox to talk about her latest book for DK Publishing, Be More Obi-Wan. In this episode, your hosts sit down with Kelly to discuss her latest project, a deep dive into Obi-Wan Kenobi's psyche, followed by some Kenobi chatter over the latest live-action series for Disney Plus: Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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Jun 11, 2022

LIVE from the Star Wars Celebration Podcast Stage: FALLEN STARS: The Jedi of The High Republic! This episode is a live recording from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. The Cantina Cast invited your hosts from Tarkin's Top Shelf to join them on the Podcast Stage with special guest Claudia Gray to discuss the Fallen Stars of The High Republic.

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Jun 6, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf celebrates its 200th episode by recapping Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, KENOBI, and Star Wars Book announcements. Special shout-outs to The Cantina Cast, Claudia Gray, Ryder Waldron from Idiot's Array Podcast, Adam Christopher, and E. Anne Convery!

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May 31, 2022

Live from the Fan Stage at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, the hosts from Tarkin's Top Shelf (Becca Benjamin and Mark Sutter) join Ryder Waldron and E. Anne Convery in a discussion about Ahsoka Tano!

Ahsoka Tano has become a beloved Star Wars character. Her story has spanned The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, the Ahsoka novel by E.K. Johnston, comics, The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and the upcoming Ahsoka series on Disney Plus. But why has she become such an inspirational fan favorite? Should she have walked away from the Jedi Order? And how did leaving the Jedi Order affect her future? What are some of the best Ahsoka moments and fan-favorite aspects of her character growth, and did she become the purest example of a Jedi only after leaving the Order?

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May 22, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Sci-Fi/Fantasy author and Star Wars Veteran Podcaster Tricia Barr to the show! In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts sit down with Tricia Barr of Fan Girls Going Rogue Podcast to talk Star Wars. They discuss her favorite Star Wars book, Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Dark Journey, and her favorite Star Wars character Jaina Solo Fel.

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May 22, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf Reviews Star Wars: OBI-WAN issue #1 from Marvel Comics. In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca go over some Star Wars Celebration news, panels, lotteries, and upcoming book releases. Then your hosts get right down to business. Jedi business, as they discuss the very first issue of Star Wars: OBI-WAN: Youngling's Challenge.

 

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May 15, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf Reviews Star Wars: Brotherhood by Mike Chen and Del Rey Publishing. This review is a No-Holds-Barred analysis, so if you do not wish to be spoiled, your hosts recommend that you read the book before listening to the show. Mark and Becca talk about the synopsis of Star Wars: Brotherhood, the "feel" of the characters, continuity, and the expansive world-building surrounding Cato Neimoidia. 

 

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May 10, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Star Wars: Brotherhood author Mike Chen to the show! In this episode, your hosts sit down with Mr. Chen to talk about all things Anakin and Kenobi and a whole lot of Star Wars. It's a helluva lot of Prequelness and The Clone Wars, too. Mike Chen even takes us behind the scenes from idea conception to the final product of new characters, character building, and the world-building of Cato Neimoida.

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May 4, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf celebrates Star Wars Day by taking a closer look at the new Official Trailer that dropped today, May the 4th, for the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney Plus. Mark and Becca wish you a Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you and Obi-Wan Kenobi, too.

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May 2, 2022

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts take a closer look at the recent Kenobi images released via Total Film! And then, Mark and Becca review the latest in Marvel Star Wars comics, Crimson Reign issue #4. But first, they go over some Star Wars Celebration news!

 

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