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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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Jun 27, 2022

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts take a break from the books and review Part VI, the Finale of the Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Mark and Becca discuss the overall story, character motivations, dialogue (and delivery), and possible story directions for the future of Star Wars.

 

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Jun 23, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes back to the show author Kelly Knox to talk about her latest book for DK Publishing, Be More Obi-Wan. In this episode, your hosts sit down with Kelly to discuss her latest project, a deep dive into Obi-Wan Kenobi's psyche, followed by some Kenobi chatter over the latest live-action series for Disney Plus: Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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Jun 11, 2022

LIVE from the Star Wars Celebration Podcast Stage: FALLEN STARS: The Jedi of The High Republic! This episode is a live recording from Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. The Cantina Cast invited your hosts from Tarkin's Top Shelf to join them on the Podcast Stage with special guest Claudia Gray to discuss the Fallen Stars of The High Republic.

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Jun 6, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf celebrates its 200th episode by recapping Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, KENOBI, and Star Wars Book announcements. Special shout-outs to The Cantina Cast, Claudia Gray, Ryder Waldron from Idiot's Array Podcast, Adam Christopher, and E. Anne Convery!

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May 31, 2022

Live from the Fan Stage at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, the hosts from Tarkin's Top Shelf (Becca Benjamin and Mark Sutter) join Ryder Waldron and E. Anne Convery in a discussion about Ahsoka Tano!

Ahsoka Tano has become a beloved Star Wars character. Her story has spanned The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, the Ahsoka novel by E.K. Johnston, comics, The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and the upcoming Ahsoka series on Disney Plus. But why has she become such an inspirational fan favorite? Should she have walked away from the Jedi Order? And how did leaving the Jedi Order affect her future? What are some of the best Ahsoka moments and fan-favorite aspects of her character growth, and did she become the purest example of a Jedi only after leaving the Order?

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May 22, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Sci-Fi/Fantasy author and Star Wars Veteran Podcaster Tricia Barr to the show! In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts sit down with Tricia Barr of Fan Girls Going Rogue Podcast to talk Star Wars. They discuss her favorite Star Wars book, Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Dark Journey, and her favorite Star Wars character Jaina Solo Fel.

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May 22, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf Reviews Star Wars: OBI-WAN issue #1 from Marvel Comics. In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca go over some Star Wars Celebration news, panels, lotteries, and upcoming book releases. Then your hosts get right down to business. Jedi business, as they discuss the very first issue of Star Wars: OBI-WAN: Youngling's Challenge.

 

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May 15, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf Reviews Star Wars: Brotherhood by Mike Chen and Del Rey Publishing. This review is a No-Holds-Barred analysis, so if you do not wish to be spoiled, your hosts recommend that you read the book before listening to the show. Mark and Becca talk about the synopsis of Star Wars: Brotherhood, the "feel" of the characters, continuity, and the expansive world-building surrounding Cato Neimoidia. 

 

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May 10, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Star Wars: Brotherhood author Mike Chen to the show! In this episode, your hosts sit down with Mr. Chen to talk about all things Anakin and Kenobi and a whole lot of Star Wars. It's a helluva lot of Prequelness and The Clone Wars, too. Mike Chen even takes us behind the scenes from idea conception to the final product of new characters, character building, and the world-building of Cato Neimoida.

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May 4, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf celebrates Star Wars Day by taking a closer look at the new Official Trailer that dropped today, May the 4th, for the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney Plus. Mark and Becca wish you a Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you and Obi-Wan Kenobi, too.

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May 2, 2022

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts take a closer look at the recent Kenobi images released via Total Film! And then, Mark and Becca review the latest in Marvel Star Wars comics, Crimson Reign issue #4. But first, they go over some Star Wars Celebration news!

 

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Apr 25, 2022

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts review the latest in Star Wars comics: Star Wars Vader issue 22 and Star Wars issue 22. But first, Mark and Becca talk about the cover reveal for Star Wars: Path of Deceit for Phase II of Star Wars: The High Republic.

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Apr 19, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf Reviews Star Wars: Bounty Hunters issues 21 and 22. But first, your hosts go over some Star Wars Celebration news and announcements and the excerpt for the upcoming Star Wars book, Shadow of the Sith by Adam Christopher.

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Apr 11, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf talks "Wild and Wacky" Star Wars with Amy Richau and E. Anne Convery! In this episode, your hosts bring two of their reoccurring guests together to discuss the stranger things in Star Wars and embrace the weird side of the Force. It's so WIZARD!

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Apr 4, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes E.K. Johnston back to the show! In this episode, your hosts sit down with E.K. Johnston to discuss Star Wars: Queen's Hope, the final installment of her Padmé  trilogy. It's a no-holds-barred interview with an inside look behind-the-scenes of the writing process, character development, world-building, and more!

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Mar 31, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf reviews the latest in Star Wars Comics in episode #188. Your hosts go over the next batch of comics from Marvel, including Star Wars: Halcyon Legacy (issue 2), Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca (issue 1), Crimson Reign: Doctor Aphra (issue 19), and Darth Vader: Return of the Handmaiden (issue 21).

 

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Mar 24, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Albert and Jonesy from The Cantina Cast back to the show for Part 2 of The High Republic Junket! In this episode, your hosts continue their discussion on, Phase 1 of Star Wars: The High Republic and go over the latest Star Wars announcement about Christopher Llyod cast in Season 3 of Star Wars: The Mandalorian.

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Mar 16, 2022

In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts review the latest in Star Wars Comics by Marvel, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, Halcyon Legacy (issue 1), Star Wars: Crimson Reign (issue 3), Star Wars: The High Republic (issue 15), Star Wars: The High Republic: Eye of the Storm (issue 2), and Star Wars (issue 21). But first, Mark and Becca talk KENOBI, Star Wars Celebration, the upcoming prequel books by Mike Chen and Kiersten White, and a personal thank you to E. K. Johnston.

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Mar 10, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Albert and Jonesy from The Cantina Cast for Part 1 of their Star Wars: The High Republic Junket! In this episode, Becca and Mark invite The Cantina Cast to join them as they revisit Phase 1 of the highly acclaimed Star Wars writing initiative The High Republic.

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Mar 4, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf takes a closer look at Grogu and his choice to stay with Din Djarin in the finale of The Book of Boba Fett. Your hosts discuss the events that led up to Grogu's decision, and then they explore the possibilities of how that choice may impact the future of Star Wars storytelling. But first, they go over the latest news in Star Wars as they talk about The High Republic authors boarding the Galactic Starcruiser.

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Feb 26, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf Reviews The Art of Star Wars: The Mandalorian (season 2), The Book of Boba Fett Finale, and The High Republic Phase II Announcements. But first, your hosts discuss the poster reveal for the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series set to debut on May 25th, 2022, the 45th anniversary of the original Star Wars film, now known as A New Hope.

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Feb 23, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf has received Exclusive Access to an excerpt from (part of) Chapter 1 of the Audiobook of E.K. Johnston's upcoming Young Adult Novel Star Wars: Queen's Hope! Thanks to Disney Books and Lucasfilm Press for allowing us to share this with all of you! Star Wars: Queen's Hope will be available for purchase Tuesday, April 5th, 2022.

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Feb 17, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes good friend and Star Wars author Kristin Baver back to the show to talk about World of Reading: Star Wars: Galaxy of Creatures! But of course, your hosts and Kristin don't stop there. They also talk about Grogu, The Book of Boba Fett, and cooking with Kanan, a.k.a. Freddie Prinze Jr. So, grab a cup of Jawa Juice and join in on the Star Wars fun!

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Feb 10, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes Wookieepedia to the show! In this episode, your hosts sit down with Jordan (Supreme Leader) of Wook Official, the official site of Wookieepedia, to talk about his favorite Star Wars book, "The Courtship of Princess Leia" by the late Dave Wolverton.

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Feb 5, 2022

Tarkin's Top Shelf Reviews Star Wars: The High Republic: Midnight Horizon by Daniel José Older. Your hosts discuss the overall plot, character arcs, world-building, and continuity connections with The Book of Boba Fett, the Prequels, and Solo: A Star Wars Story. After which, Becca and Mark pose a question solely for Daniel Jose Older.

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