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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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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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A Literary Saga to Devour!

By Arconna - Jul 31 2019
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Count me in when it comes to podcasts tackling the expanded universe media in the new canon. This is the first time in my life when I've been able to actually keep up with everything going on in Star Wars canon, so listening to Becca and Mark give a deep dive into the new lore, the media products that explain them, and more is a real treat. The hosts are, of course, fabulous. More importantly, they clearly really know the material and want to dig into just what makes this new canon tick. Star Wars fans will devour this one for sure!

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By TheronPicard - Jul 01 2018
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Good sound quality, insightful reviews. Good stuff.

iTunes Ratings

45 Ratings
Average Ratings
34
2
1
1
7

A Literary Saga to Devour!

By Arconna - Jul 31 2019
Read more
Count me in when it comes to podcasts tackling the expanded universe media in the new canon. This is the first time in my life when I've been able to actually keep up with everything going on in Star Wars canon, so listening to Becca and Mark give a deep dive into the new lore, the media products that explain them, and more is a real treat. The hosts are, of course, fabulous. More importantly, they clearly really know the material and want to dig into just what makes this new canon tick. Star Wars fans will devour this one for sure!

Fun stuff

By TheronPicard - Jul 01 2018
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Good sound quality, insightful reviews. Good stuff.

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Tarkin's Top Shelf

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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.

Rank #1: Episode 59: Star Wars: Queen's Shadow

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In this episode of "Tarkin's Top Shelf," Mark, and Becca review the long-awaited novel, Star Wars: Queen's Shadow by E.K. Johnston. Finally! More Padme' Amidala content and greedily, we want more. That said, Mark, and Becca dive-in and revisit one of Star Wars most beloved and remarkable characters of the entire saga, Padme' Amidala. This novelization takes place after Queen Amidala's two terms as Queen of Naboo are up, and into the depths of Padme's first year in the Republic's Senate. Queen's Shadow is full of political espionage, intrigue, character backstory, romance, and the fight for equality through liberation for all people in the galaxy far, far away.  After all, we are brave, your Highness.

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Mar 05 2019

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Rank #2: Episode 42: Star Wars: THRAWN: Alliances

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"Tarkin's Top Shelf" revisits an old friend with Star Wars: THRAWN: Alliances by Timothy Zahn and Del Rey Books. In this episode, Mark and Becca discuss the unlikely duo of General Anakin Skywalker and Commander Mith’raw’nuruodo and then, the fierce rivals of Darth Vader and Admiral Thrawn. It's not just about character dynamics, it's about dark secrets, and plot twists too. And "Tarkin's Top Shelf" is about to uncover, and go over it all!  After all, if one is to face their future, you must first face your past.

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Jul 26 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #3: Episode 65: Star Wars Celebration 'Lucasfilm Publishing Panel' Recap

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In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca recap the Lucasfilm Publishing Panel from Star Wars Celebration Chicago. They go over the impending Star Wars books from Del Rey, Disney Press, DK Publishing, Insight Editions, Abrams Books, and more! In addition to that, Mark and Becca take a closer look behind the authors and the mysterious works known as "Project Luminous." But first, they discuss a little Star Wars News and Mark's debut on The Star Wars Show.

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Apr 30 2019

52mins

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Rank #4: Episode 74: Star Wars Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire

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"Tarkin's Top Shelf" heads to Batuu as they review Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire by Delilah S. Dawson. In this episode, Mark and Becca journey to Galaxy's Edge, figuratively, of course, and delve into Dawson's all-immersive literary adventure located at Black Spire Outpost, and follow General Organa's top Resistance Spy, Vi Moradi on her mission to recruit and build a new base for the recovering Resistance. But first, your hosts go over some recent Star Wars News and upcoming book announcements.

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Sep 08 2019

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Rank #5: Episode 64: Master & Apprentice' and an Exclusive Interview with Claudia Gray!

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In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark, and Becca are thrilled to finally discuss, Star Wars: Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray. Your Hosts are just getting back from Star Wars Celebration Chicago, but they're ready to get back down to business. Jedi business that is. This review covers the core characters and focuses primarily on character backstory and plot. Also, in addition to the book review, there is an exclusive interview with the author herself, Claudia Gray, on-site from Star Wars Celebration Chicago!

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Apr 19 2019

50mins

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Rank #6: Episode 38: SOLO Reactions and Story Spawning!

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Solo: A Star Wars Story is NOW playing in theaters, and Tarkin's Top Shelf is ready to talk about it! Mark and Becca have a lot to say about Solo and so much more. Unlike the other Solo reviews you've listened to on other podcasts, Tarkin's Top Shelf has decided to turn it up a notch. Why? Well, because so much can Spawn from Solo! So, you may want to strap yourselves in and keep an eye out for the Maw. Only a complete idiot would go into a place like that.

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May 30 2018

58mins

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Rank #7: Episode 77: Spark of the Resistance

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In this episode of "Tarkin's Top Shelf," Mark, and Becca review Star Wars: Spark of the Resistance by Justina Ireland and Disney Books. This book is the first of the "Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" series and sets the stage for the upcoming final film of the Skywalker Saga. Your hosts cover character growth, plot development, and world-building heading into "The Rise of Skywalker," but first, they recap the latest book announcements from New York City Comic-Con.

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Oct 17 2019

40mins

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Rank #8: Episode 62 Star Wars Celebration Episode IX Panel Roundtable

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Welcome to the Tarkin's Top Shelf Roundtable at Star Wars Celebration Chicago! In this episode, Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes The Cantina Podcast and Kanata's Castle to the show. All three podcasts sit down and discuss the upcoming Episode IX Panel and what they expect the fans will see. From fan theories to canonical theoretical thinking-it's one helluva discussion! So, don't miss out! Sit back and fly casual and let the speculation begin

Apr 12 2019

41mins

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Rank #9: Episode 47 In Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story Expanded Edition

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On this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark, and Becca discuss and analyze the latest literary Star Wars film adaptation, SOLO, the Expanded Edition by Mur Lafferty and Del Rey Books. They go over the characters, the flow of the film as compared to the jive in the book format, and the expanded scenes not seen on screen. And then, when all is said and done, your hosts determine whether or not they feel Solo: A Star Wars Story Expanded Edition should be considered essential reading. So, buckle up baby! Punch it, Chewie!   

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Sep 04 2018

51mins

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Rank #10: Episode 48 Sacred Jedi Texts: From a Biblical Lens

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In this episode of "Tarkin's Top Shelf," Mark, and Becca break-in the binding of those so-called, Sacred Jedi Texts. Well, figuratively speaking, of course. Star Wars is full of many mythical themes and story tropes, and also religion and spirituality too. A lot of these aspects are repetitive, sprinkled throughout the generations of the Star Wars saga. And mostly showcased in the Skywalker line or legacy, starting with Anakin Skywalker. So, without further ado, hit that play button and kick back with some Sacred Jedi Texts exploration, from a Biblical lens. Enjoy "Tarkin's Top Shelf's" journey into the parallels between Star Wars and the Sins of the Father.

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Sep 20 2018

51mins

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Rank #11: Episode 72: Star Wars THRAWN: Treason

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In this episode of "Tarkin's Top Shelf," Mark, and Becca review Star Wars Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn and Del Rey Publishing. Thrawn Treason is the third installment of Zahn's Thrawn series. Additionally, they go-over the plot, subplots, and characters for a thorough review of what may be the last we see of Thrawn from a literature lens. But first, Mark and Becca discuss some of the recent Star Wars news and announce the name of their winner for the Thrawn Treason Giveaway.

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Aug 01 2019

54mins

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Rank #12: Episode 39: The 'Whills' of the Force!

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Mark and Becca are back to talk about the Force and the Whills. In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts get into some real controversial territory as they discuss the recent conversation between George Lucas and James Cameron. Each host takes a turn shedding light and connecting current continuity to Lucas' ideas for the final Star Wars trilogy. So, give it a listen and you be the judge on should've, could've, would've?

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Jun 21 2018

41mins

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Rank #13: Episode 43: "It's YOUR Universe" with Ashley Eckstein!

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"Tarkin's Top Shelf" welcomes Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano, the creator of Her Universe, and the author of "It's YOUR Universe" to the show! In this episode, Mark and Becca join Ashley in discussing her journey through dreams and hope by delving into her memoir of positivity preparation. Along their journey-filled discussion, they take a moment to touch on Ahsoka Tano and the revival of Star War: The Clone Wars announcement from San Diego Comic Con.

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Jul 28 2018

51mins

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Rank #14: Episode 41: Star Wars: Most Wanted

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Tarkin's Top Shelf gets back to the basics with Star Wars: Most Wanted by Rae Carson and Disney/Lucasfilm Press. In this episode, Mark and Becca break the binding by taking a closer look, through a critical lens at the prequel to Solo: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: Most Wanted. Each host takes a turn fleshing out each character and discussing the plot, pace, and flow of the storyline. They even take the time to connect current and past content to this well contained Han and Qi'ra centric adventure. Oh, and that's not all! Mark throws in an extra review as he gives a quick rundown of Star Wars: The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear!

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Jul 11 2018

46mins

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Rank #15: Eppisode 45: Literary Character Crossovers in Star Wars Resistance?

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Is it possible that we'll see a literary character(s) crossover in Star Wars Resistance? In this episode, Mark and Becca discuss the possibility of characters from the Star Wars literary universe crossing over into the upcoming animated series, Star Wars Resistance. After all, if one is to understand the great mystery that is Star Wars, one must study all its aspects, not just the films. And so, Tarkin's Top Shelf continues to dive deep into the books and relentlessly look for continuity connections between the pages of the books and everything in between.

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Aug 25 2018

49mins

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Rank #16: Episode 69: Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron

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Alphabet Squadron, suit up! In this episode of "Tarkin's Top Shelf," Mark and Becca review the first part of a new trilogy, Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed and Del Rey Publishing. They dive-in on the characters and their backstories, and what makes them tick. Also, they touch on setting the stage for what's to come in the next two parts of this crossover event. But first, Mark and Becca talk about some "Breaking News" that spans from Galaxy's Edge to a fan event in a galaxy not so far, far away.

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Jun 14 2019

55mins

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Rank #17: Episode #73 A Crash of Fate" and "Myths & Fables

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"Tarkin's Top Shelf" reviews a bit of Batuu with Star Wars Galaxy's Edge: A Crash of Fate and Star Wars: Myths & Fables by Disney Books and Lucasfilm Press. In this episode, Mark and Becca discuss the fundamentals of writing styles between both books, genre, and pictorial skills as well. But first, your hosts go over the latest in Star Wars News and possible "Negotiations."

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Aug 17 2019

54mins

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Rank #18: Episode 57 Timelines Collide: Dark Disciple meets The Clone Wars

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Timelines collide as Dark Disciple meets The Clone Wars. In this episode, Mark, and Becca take a closer look at Christie Golden's Star Wars: Dark Disciple and how certain plot points may align with the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. But first, Mark and Becca go over the latest Star Wars news. Starting with the recently released official key for Star Wars Celebration Chicago by Paul Shipper and then they dive-in on some theoretical thinking regarding the upcoming Alphabet Squadron Trilogy by Alexander Freed. So, strap yourself into the nearest X-Wing and enjoy the takeoff with "Tarkin's Top Shelf!"

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Jan 28 2019

48mins

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Rank #19: Episode 55: Reflecting on Star Wars: The Last Jedi: One Year later

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Another year means a time for reflection, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, one year later. In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark, and Becca discuss the most controversial Star Wars movie of all-time and where their views stand now, one year later. But first, they go over the latest Star Wars news beginning with the announcement of Black Panther's composer, Ludwig Göransson joining the galaxy far, far away to score, The Mandalorian. Following up with the latest comics, Age of the Republic and Fortress Vader. So, hop into your escape pod and ship yourself to the galaxy far, far away, and let the past die. Kill it if you have to. After all, as a wise Jedi once said, "the greatest teacher, failure is," and "we are what they grow beyond."  

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Dec 23 2018

53mins

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Rank #20: Episode 54: Recapping the Heroes, Scoundrels, and Villains of 2018!

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In this episode of "Tarkin's Top Shelf," Mark, and Becca recap the Heroes, Scoundrels, and Villains of Star Wars from 2018! Yes, it's time to pull the Star Wars Bookends off the shelf, the Top Shelf, and highlight the literature aspects that had an impact or enriched/enhanced the Star Wars Universe in some way, making said books essential to the Star Wars storyline. But, before your hosts' dust off the books from 2018, they go-over some book news and speculate a bit about the upcoming "Thrawn Treason," and the debut of Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures and more! So, get ready to recap some of the literary highlights of 2018 that made the galaxy far, far away a whole lot bigger and brighter!

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Dec 11 2018

50mins

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