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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 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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Jul 24, 2020

In this episode of Tarkin’sTop Shelf, Mark and Becca revisit Solo: A Star Wars Solo now on Disney Plus, and go over The Mandalorian Publishing Program announcement. But first, your hosts discuss the latest in Star Wars news, Doctor Aphra Audio Drama by Sarah Kuhn, Anakin discussions in the upcoming From a Certain Point of View Strikes Back, and possibilities for new Live-Action series on Disney Plus.

Jul 9, 2020
In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts welcome Idiot's Array Podcast and Kanata's Castle to a "Behind the Podcast" roundtable event. The Pitiful Little Band Network, a collective group of positive Star Wars content contributors and creators who love delving deep in passionate discussions about the galaxy far, far away. 
 
Jul 2, 2020

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca welcome author Adam Bray to the show for a Bookish Perspective on Star Wars. Adam Bray is the author of Marvel and Star Wars Visual Dictionaries and Encyclopedias, and most recently, "Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition (Journey to The Rise of Skywalker)." Mr. Bray joins Becca and Mark on the latest Tarkin's Top Shelf to discuss the current literary content in the Star Wars Universe, and what bookish possibilities may or may not be on the horizon for the galaxy far, far away.

Jun 19, 2020

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca talk about what's coming to Star Wars. Your hosts take a look at "Jedi Temple Challenge," featuring Ahmed Best as Master Kelleran Beq and then set their focus on Star Wars: From A Certain POV Strikes Back. Mark and Becca go into an in-depth, but fun, conversation on the many story possibilities that could come from "The Empire Strikes Back." 

 

Jun 7, 2020

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca review Star Wars: Queen's Peril, the prequel to Queen's Shadow by E.K. Johnston and Disney Publishing. Your hosts discuss the timeline of the book, the broadening of characters and characterizations, world-building, and the synchronization between Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Queen's Peril.

Jun 1, 2020

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts' review Star Wars: Shadow Fall (an Alphabet Squadron Novel) by Alexander Freed and Del Rey Publishing. Mark and Becca discuss the complexity of character growth and the evolution of world-building introduced by Mr. Freed in the second installment of his Star Wars literary trilogy. So, without further ado, go ahead and click play because Tarkin's Top Shelf is reporting for duty!

 

 

May 26, 2020

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes back author Michael Kogge to the show to discuss his latest work Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker A Junior Novel. In this episode, Mark and Becca chat with Michael about Star Wars, his Star Wars Hat-Trick, and his contributions to our beloved space-opera.

May 12, 2020

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca review Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Junior Novelization by Michael Kogge and Disney Lucasfilm Press. Your hosts go over Michael's perspective of the film and compare his creative take to Rae Carson's point of view from her  "Expanded Edition." They also go over their initial thoughts as a whole and whether or not both books work as essential companion pieces to enjoy and or enrich the film's thematic conclusion of the Skywalker Saga. 

May 4, 2020

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca celebrate Star Wars Day with a special guest, the heart and voice of Hera Syndulla, Vanessa Marshall! Your hosts welcome, Vanessa Marshall to join them for May the 4th and to talk all things Star Wars. Specifically, Star Wars Rebels and season 7 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. In addition to Vanessa's contribution to animation, Mark and Becca throw-in some book chatter with Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron. So, celebrate Star Wars Day the right way with Tarkin's Top Shelf and the New Republic General Hera Syndulla!

Apr 27, 2020
In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca review The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker by Phil Szostak and Abrams Books. Your hosts go over their initial thoughts of the book and then go into what stood out to them the most, overall. They also take a closer look at the layout and outline of the book, in comparison to its predecessors, The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
 
 
Apr 14, 2020

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca review "I Am A Padawan" by Ashley Eckstein, and discuss how integral Ahsoka Tano is to the continuation of Star Wars stories. Your hosts cover Ahsoka's introduction in The Clone Wars, her standalone novel, Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston, and her continuation in the animated series, Rebels. Ahsoka's message is clear: you can change who you are, but you cannot run from yourself.

 

Apr 1, 2020

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca discuss the controversial topic of Rey Skywalker. Your hosts go over everything and anything, from books to on-screen, and everything in-between, about the scavenger from Jakku. After all, no one is from nowhere, and no one is a nobody, everybody is somebody. And Rey from nowhere is now, Rey Skywalker. 

Mar 18, 2020

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca review Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker "Expanded Edition" by Rae Carson and Del Rey Publishing. Your hosts' go over the new editions, the extended scenes, and inner dialogue from the novel adaptation and give their overall opinions on all of it. Mark and Becca touch on the discourse, the difficult, and the uncomfortable sequences as well. So, yes, no page is left unturned. Enjoy! The Force will be with us, always. 

Mar 9, 2020

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca discuss Padme's loyal decoy, her protection, her trusted bodyguard, Sabe'. Your hosts go over the latest Vader comics where he encounters Padme' after her death and Star Wars: Queen's Shadow by E.K. Johnston. Who is this Padme' lookalike? Is it Sabe' seeking vengeance for her best friend, Padme' and if so, will she survive the faceoff with Darth Vader? But first, as always, they go over the latest in Star Wars News.

Feb 26, 2020
In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts go over the most anticipated publishing reveal of the year, Project Luminous! That's right! The secretive cast of creators (known as Project Luminous since Star Wars Celebration Chicago) just unveiled the next step into a larger world known as The High Republic. Later this year, debuting at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in August 2020, Lucasfilm will launch an epic new era of Star Wars storytelling through a vast literary lens of adult and young adult novels, children's books, and comics from a variety of publishers. So, join Mark and Becca as they get luminous with all the High Republic deets!
Feb 17, 2020
In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca celebrate Valentine's Day by talking about the most charismatic character in the galaxy far, far away. The one, the only, mastermind behind the entire Skywalker Saga, yes, the one responsible for being every voice Ben and Anakin heard inside their head. Sheev Palpatine. Mark and Becca take a look at good old Palpatine by exploring the latest excerpt from Alphabet Squadron: Shadow Fall and issue 3 of The Rise of Kylo Ren.
 

 

Jan 31, 2020

It's an animated discussion on the latest episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf. Mark and Becca take the "animated" bookends off the shelf and gear-up for the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Your hosts cover the Season finale of Star Wars Resistance and then shift gears to the Official Trailer of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. They discuss key moments and how those moments may or may not lineup with Star Wars literature. But first, your hosts discuss the latest in Star Wars News, Project Luminous, John Willimas 25th Grammy Award, Poe Dameron Book, and Adam Driver as Randy the Intern on SNL.

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