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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 5, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf reviews Star Wars: Darth Vader issue 29, the Andor Finale: Rix Road, followed by an Amidalan discussion. But first, your hosts go over the latest Star Wars news with Team Ahsoka at Galaxy Con Columbus, the Indiana Jones: Dial of Destiny Trailer, and the Willow series premiere.

 

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Nov 26, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf reviews the first adult novel from Phase II of Star Wars: The High Republic: CONVERGENCE by Del Rey Publishing and authored by Zoraida Cordova. But first, your hosts share their thoughts and hopes on the season finale of Andor on 'Andor Eve' before it airs on Wednesday, November 23rd. 

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Nov 22, 2022

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts go over the latest segment of the Andor series: The Daughter of Ferrix. Mark and Becca take a closer look at the series as they discuss character growth and arcs, plot points, and the overall progression of the story. But first, they talk about Life Day, Willow, and wish Adam Driver a Happy Birthday!

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Nov 15, 2022

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts discuss Zen: Grogu and Dust Bunnies, a collaboration between Studio Ghibli and Lucasfilm. And then Mark and Becca revisit Tales of the Jedi by taking a closer look at the parallels between Anakin Skywalker and Count Dooku. 

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Nov 7, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Kristin Baver to the show to talk about The Art of Star Wars: The High Republic! In this episode, your hosts sit down with Kristin Baver, the official host of, 'This Week in Star Wars and author of Skywalker: A Family at War, to discuss her latest project, The Art of Star Wars: The High Republic (Phase I) published by Abrams Books.

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Nov 2, 2022

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts review the second installment from Phase 2, Wave 1 of Star Wars: The High Republic: Quest for the Hidden City by George Mann. Quest for the Hidden City is a middle-grade novel by Disney Publishing and Lucasfilm Press. This story takes us on a journey alongside Jedi Knight Silandra Sho and her Padawan, Rooper Nitani, who are mandated to find their missing team members. Their investigation leads them to the planet 'Gloam,' a ravaged world said to be haunted by mythical monsters.

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Oct 26, 2022

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts review the new animated anthology series on Disney Plus, Star Wars: Tales of The Jedi. Mark and Becca discuss their experience with 'Early Screening Access' for Tales of The Jedi and review the six episodes from the series. But first, they go over the latest in Star Wars news. 

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Oct 20, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf reviews the latest in Star Wars Marvel Comics. In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca review Star Wars issue #28 'The Calculus of Loss,' Star Wars Visions issue #1, and Star Wars the High Republic: 'Balance of the Force' Chapter 1: 'The Pilgrim Moon.' But first, they go over the latest in Star Wars news, Andor, and New York City Comic Con. 

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Oct 13, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes back Kelly Knox to the show to talk about Star Wars Everday. This episode is prerecorded from the Podathon Star Wars Livestream event to benefit Make-A-Wish America. Star Wars Everday is a Year of Activities, Recipes, and Crafts from a Galaxy Far, Far Away by Ashley Eckstein, Kelly Knox, and Elena Craig.

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Oct 5, 2022

Episode 219 of Tarkin's Top Shelf is a live recording from the Star Wars Pod-A-Thon event to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. In this episode, your hosts sit down with Kristin Baver for an exclusive Lucasfilm-approved interview about her upcoming projects Star Wars: 100 Objects and Star Wars: Timelines.

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Oct 3, 2022

Star Wars 'The High Republic' is back! In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts review the first installment of Phase II from Star Wars: The High Republic, 'Path of Deceit' by Tessa Gratton and Justina Ireland. But first, Mark and Becca talk about the latest in Star Wars news and episode 4 of Andor. 

 

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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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