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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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Now displaying: July, 2021
Jul 30, 2021

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts go over the latest Star Wars news regarding The High Republic and its next wave of stories. They recap the recent "High Republic Show" and the announcement of Star Wars: The High Republic: Tempest Runner, original audiobook by Cavan Scott and Penguin Random House Audio, and the Full Voice Cast! And lastly, but certainly not least, Mark and Becca answer some listener feedback on Star Wars: The Rising Storm and Out of the Shadows.

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Jul 27, 2021

Tarkin's Top Shelf reviews Star Wars: The High Republic: Out of the Shadows by Justina Ireland and Disney Books. Your hosts discuss the characters and their arcs, the plot points, the timeline, and continuity payoffs. It's an in-depth, no-holds-barred review that Mark and Becca strongly recommend reading the book first before listening to the show.

Thank you, Disney Books and Lucasfilm Press, for supplying Tarkin's Top Shelf with advanced copies of Star Wars: The High Republic: Out of the Shadows for review purposes.

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Jul 22, 2021

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts discuss "Deep Reading" with Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. As Matthew W. Stover says, "there are no "deep writers," just "deep readers." And with that, Tarkin's Top Shelf gives you one helluva in-depth discussion that talks you through some Star Wars mazes on a literary journey in a galaxy far, far away. It's [Star Wars] like poetry. They rhyme. 

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Jul 15, 2021

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Matthew W. Stover, the author of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, to the show! In this episode, Mark and Becca sit down with Mr. Stover and discuss the creative process, character motivations, metaphorical fears, and the narrative of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. It's a trip down Star Wars memory lane, sixteen years, to be exact! And, there are even some George Lucas stories as well. So, you might want to buckle up, baby. This one's coming in Sith hot!

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Jul 8, 2021

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Star Wars: The High Republic story architect Daniel José Older back to the show! In this episode, your hosts chew the fat or, if you're a Drengir, chew the meat with Daniel José Older about his recent book for the 2nd wave of The High Republic, "Race to Crashpoint Tower." They talk about the creative process behind The High Republic, character arcs, dinosaurs, Drengir, MEATS, and yes, they even ask about sweet seafood, too.

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