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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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Dec 28, 2023

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts take a moment of reflection as they look back on Star Wars 2023. They discuss 2023's announcements, animation and live-action, video games, and books. But first, Mark, and Becca talk about the latest Star Wars news. 

 

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Dec 17, 2023

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts review Star Wars: Shadows of Starlight issue #3: The Will of The Force by Charles Soule. But first, they go over the latest in Star Wars news: The Haydenssance is in full effect, Eman Esfandi and Diana Lee Inosanto interview with StarWars.com, and Natasha Liu Bordizzo and Ivanna Sakhno talk about how magnetic their characters, Sabine and Shin are. 

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Dec 12, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf discusses the recent announcement from Disney UK about Star Wars: ACOLYTE and Del Rey's latest book reveal! In this episode, your hosts discuss the Acolyte synopsis for the show's launch in 2024 and the upcoming Mace Windu novel Star Wars: Glass Abyss by Steve Barnes. But first, they go over the Star Wars news from Eman Esfandi taking over Lucasfilm HQ social media, the ILM Holiday Card, and Ariana Greenblatt sharing behind-the-scenes training with Hayden Christensen. 

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Dec 3, 2023

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts discuss Jedi Mystics, prophecies, and The Nameless. Mark and Becca look closer at Claudia Gray's 'Master & Apprentice' and how it may or may not connect with The High Republic Era. But first, they go over the latest Star Wars news and LA Comic Con. 

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Nov 27, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf Reviews Star Wars: The High Republic: The Eye of Darkness by George Mann and Del Rey Publishing. Your hosts discuss the first novel of Phase III from Star Wars: The High Republic. They discuss character growth, world-building, and continuity possibilities. But first, Mark and Becca talk about Dave Filoni and his promotion to 'Chief Creative Officer' at Lucasfilm.

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Nov 20, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf celebrates Star Wars: "For Light and Life Day" with Idiot's Array Podcast! In this episode, Becca joins Ryder Waldron from Idiot's Array Podcast to talk about Star Wars: The Holiday Special, The Faithful Wookiee cartoon, The High Republic, Holiday Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away, and the upcoming documentary 'A Disturbance in the Force.' 

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Nov 13, 2023

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts review Star Wars: The High Republic: Children of the Storm Chapter 1: Now and Forever and Star Wars: Shadows of Starlight issue 2. But first, they go over the latest in Star Wars news: Young Jedi Adventures, Behind-the-scenes pictures and videos from the cast of Ahsoka, and the end of the SAG-AFTRA Strike. 

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Nov 6, 2023

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts review 'Star Wars: Crimson Climb' by E.K. Johnston and Disney Publishing. But first, they go over the latest in Star Wars news: first look at Phase III Star Wars: The High Republic characters, Star Wars: The Secrets of the Wookiees, and Star Wars: The Eye of Darkness. 

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Oct 27, 2023

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts review Star Wars: The High Republic: Tales of Light and Life, Star Wars: Jedi Brave in Every Way, and Star Wars: The High Republic: Shadows of Starlight. Mark and Becca make up for lost time due to being under the weather and get caught up on Star Wars: The High Republic before 'The Eye of Darkness' releases next month. 

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Oct 16, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Star Wars: The High Republic author Cavan Scott back to the show! In this episode, your hosts invite Cavan Scott for a Star Wars chat about The High Republic: 'Path of Vengeance.' They discuss character growth, worldbuilding, and some behind-the-scenes stories about the creative process with the luminous architects from The High Republic series. 

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Oct 8, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf joins forces with Idiot's Array and Kanata's Castle Podcasts for a Roundtable Discussion of the season finale of Ahsoka: Episode 8: The Jedi, The Witch, and The Warlord.' Tarkin's Top Shelf and the Pitiful Little Band Podcast Network support those on strike and fighting for a fair living wage. This Roundtable Discussion celebrates the hardworking folks who made this project possible. 

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Oct 7, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Star Wars author Adam Lance Garcia to the show. In this episode, your hosts sit down with Adam Lance Garcia to discuss his contribution to Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View: Return of the Jedi, 'The Veteran' and how kind and welcoming the Star Wars authors are. 

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Oct 1, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf joins forces with Idiot's Array and Kanata's Castle Podcasts for a Roundtable Discussion of Ahsoka: Episode 7: Dreams and Madness.' Tarkin's Top Shelf and the Pitiful Little Band Podcast Network support those on strike and fighting for a fair living wage. This Roundtable Discussion celebrates the hardworking folks who made this project possible. 

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Sep 24, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf joins forces with Idiot's Array and Kanata's Castle Podcasts for a Roundtable Discussion of Ahsoka: Episode 6: 'Far, Far Away' Tarkin's Top Shelf and the Pitiful Little Band Podcast Network support those on strike and fighting for a fair living wage. This Roundtable Discussion celebrates the hardworking folks who made this project possible. 

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Sep 17, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf joins forces with Idiot's Array and Kanata's Castle Podcasts for a Roundtable Discussion of Ahsoka: Episode 5: 'Shadow Warrior.' Tarkin's Top Shelf and the Pitiful Little Band Podcast Network support those on strike and fighting for a fair living wage. This Roundtable Discussion celebrates the hardworking folks who made this project possible. 

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Sep 11, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Kristin Baver and Phil Szostak to the show! In this episode, your hosts sit down with Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View: Return of the Jedi authors Kristin Baver and Phil Szostak to discuss their contributions: 'Satisfaction' and 'Fancy Man.' 

 

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Sep 10, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf joins forces with Idiot's Array and Kanata's Castle Podcasts for a Roundtable Discussion of Ahsoka: Episode 4: 'Fallen Jedi.' Tarkin's Top Shelf and the Pitiful Little Band Podcast Network support those on strike and fighting for a fair living wage. This Roundtable Discussion celebrates the hardworking folks who made this project possible. 

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Sep 4, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf joins forces with Idiot's Array and Kanata's Castle Podcasts for a Roundtable Discussion of Ahsoka: Time To Fly. Tarkin's Top Shelf and the Pitiful Little Band Podcast Network support those on strike and fighting for a fair living wage. This Roundtable Discussion celebrates the hardworking folks who made this project possible. 

 

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Sep 3, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf Reviews 40 stories, celebrating 40 years of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi from Del Rey Publishing, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: From A Certain Point of View. In this episode, your hosts recap and discuss the collective stories that highlight some of Star Wars most and maybe not so memorable characters from the galaxy far, far away. But first, they go over some Star Wars news. 

 

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Aug 27, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf joins forces with Idiot's Array Podcast for a Roundtable discussion on Star Wars: AHSOKA two-episode premiere. In this episode, your hosts sit down with Ryder Waldron and Alan Zaugg for a full-on conversation covering the first two episodes of AHSOKA ('Master and Apprentice' and 'Toil and Trouble.') But first, your hosts make a statement in support of the WGA and SAG strikes. 

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Aug 21, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf discusses 'A New Star Wars Legacy,' the preview for the upcoming full-length featurette, Master and Apprentice, airing September 15th, 2023, on Disney Plus.  But first, they go over the latest in Star Wars news. 

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Aug 14, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf discusses a "what IF" scenario where Yoda trains Leia instead of Luke. Your hosts reference Star Wars: From A Certain Point View: A New Hope, Leia: Princess of Alderaan, Star Wars: Bloodline, Star Wars: Princess and the Scoundrel, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker novelization, and Star Wars Rebels: A Princess on Lothal. But first, they go over the latest in Star Wars news.

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Aug 7, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf recaps the Lucasfilm Publishing Panel from San Diego Comic-Con last month in episode #270. Your hosts go over all of 'The High Republic' content coming our way, including young adult and middle-grade materials and comics. But first, Mark and Becca talk about the latest Star Wars news!

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Jul 27, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes back Kelly Knox, author of 'Be More Obi-Wan' and 'Star Wars Conversation Cards,' to the show! In this episode, your hosts sit down with Kelly Knox for a Star Wars conversation about her latest project, Star Wars: Chat Pack '125 Conversation Cards.' 

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Jul 22, 2023

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Delilah S. Dawson, the New York Times Bestseller author of Star Wars: Phasma, Star Wars: Galaxy Edge: Black Spire Outpost, and Star Wars Inquisitor: Rise of the Red Blade, to the show. In this episode, your hosts sit down with Delilah and discuss the creative process, story and character building, and personal influences that impacted Iskat Akaris and 'Rise of The Red Blade.'

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