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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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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.

Jan 22, 2020

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca pose the question: does "Resistance Reborn," setup Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker? Does it hold up to character characterizations and plot points from book to film? Well, before your hosts answer those questions and more, Mark and Becca tackle the latest in Star Wars News on Kenobi rumors, the Maker meeting the Child, and Ewan and Hayden at Ace Comic Con!

 

Jan 13, 2020

Tarkin's Top Shelf shares a spot of tea or coffee if you will, with the host of Coffee with Kenobi, Mr. Dan Z! That's right, Mark and Becca welcome Dan to the show to talk 42 years, almost 43, of Star Wars. They discuss a variety of Star Wars topics beginning with the conclusion of the Skywalker Saga, "The Rise of Skywalker," and filtering through the addition of Disney Plus and finishing with what's to come in Star Wars Literature. 

Jan 13, 2020

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca explore Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker through "The Visual Dictionary" and "Secrets of the Jedi" books.  They discuss how these books work as companion pieces to the film and add some enhancement to what plays out on screen. Thanks to DK Publishing and Insight Editions for providing Tarkin's Top Shelf with copies of these books for review purposes.

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