Tarkin's Top Shelf

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.


71: A Heart-to-Heart with Padmé Amidala @cattaber
Jul 11 • 47 min
In this episode, Cat Taber joins the hosts of “Tarkin’s Top Shelf” to talk all things Padme’ Amidala, and yes, they even discuss some Star Wars books too. So snuggle up to your favorite Nexu plushie and enjoy this heart-to-heart with Senator Amidala, Cat…
70 Skywalker Saber: The Elder Wand of Star Wars
Jul 1 • 51 min
Is the Skywalker Saber equivalent to the Elder Wand? Well, in this episode of “Tarkin’s Top Shelf,” Mark and Becca discuss the similarities and possibilities between these two franchises that make this idea plausible.
69: Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron
Jun 14 • 55 min
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…
68 Galaxy’s Edge: Where Books Meet World
Jun 11 • 50 min
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, where Books meet World. Or, Galaxy? In this episode of “Tarkin’s Top Shelf,” Mark and Becca discuss the current bridging of literature with the tangible in the galaxy far, far away. Only, that galaxy isn’t so far away after all
67: Celebrating 20 Years of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
May 23 • 53 min
In this episode of “Tarkin’s Top Shelf,” Mark, and Becca take the time to reminisce about Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace. They talk about their initial thoughts from 20 years ago, how the story has evolved or changed over the past two decades,…
66: Dooku Jedi Lost
May 13 • 64 min
In this episode of “Tarkin’s Top Shelf,” Mark, and Becca review “Dooku: Jedi Lost” an audio drama by Cavan Scott. Unlike their past reviews, this one is the first of its kind. Instead of covering cover to cover or page by page, Mark and Becca are…
65: Star Wars Celebration ‘Lucasfilm Publishing Panel’ Recap
Apr 30 • 52 min
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!…
64: Master & Apprentice’ and an Exclusive Interview with Claudia Gray!
Apr 19 • 50 min
In this episode of Tarkin’s Top Shelf, Mark, and Becca are thrilled to finally discuss, Star Wars: Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray. This review covers the core characters and focuses primarily on character backstory and plot. Also, in addition to the…
63: LIVE from Star Wars Celebration Podcast Stage!
Apr 16 • 47 min
Tarkin’s Top Shelf is LIVE from Star Wars Celebration Podcast Stage! Join your hosts Mark and Becca as they take to the Star Wars Celebration Podcast Stage and take you on a literary journey across the stars in a galaxy far, far away. This discussion…
62 Star Wars Celebration Episode IX Panel Roundtable
Apr 11 • 41 min
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…
61 Behind the Guise of Star Wars: Queen’s Shadow with E.K. Johnston!
Mar 28 • 42 min
In this episode of Tarkin’s Top Shelf, Mark and Becca get behind the guise of Star Wars: Queen’s Shadow as they sit down with E.K. Johnston and discuss everything and anything about Padme’ Amidala, and her literary process of getting to know our beloved…
60: Pirate’s Price and Lightspeeding to Celebration!
Mar 23 • 49 min
In this episode of “Tarkin’s Top Shelf,” Mark and Becca continue the Flight of the Falcon series with Lou Anders’ Star Wars: Pirate’s Price! But, before they discuss Hondo Ohnaka, the greatest pirate in the galaxy and hero of the Rebellion, they…
59: Star Wars: Queen’s Shadow
Mar 5 • 55 min
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…
58:The Evolution of Manipulation in Star Wars
Feb 21 • 57 min
In this episode of “Tarkin’s Top Shelf,” Mark, and Becca discuss the evolution of manipulation in Star Wars. Star Wars has always touched on relatable dynamics, and the manipulation between master and apprentice is no exception. But, the times have…
57 Timelines Collide: Dark Disciple meets The Clone Wars
Jan 28 • 48 min
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.
56: Han Solo by Gina McIntyre
Jan 11 • 59 min
Han Solo, the Iconic Smuggler, Rogue, and Hero of the Rebellion. In this episode of “Tarkin’s Top Shelf,” Mark, and Becca go-over Gina McIntyre’s Star Wars Icons: Han Solo. Insight Editions and Gina McIntyre collectively capture the scruffy-looking nerf…
55: Reflecting on Star Wars: The Last Jedi: One Year later
Dec 22, 2018 • 53 min
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.
54: Recapping the Heroes, Scoundrels, and Villains of 2018!
Dec 11, 2018 • 50 min
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…
53: Star Wars Worldbuilding: Between Books and On Screen
Nov 24, 2018 • 45 min
The hosts of “Tarkin’s Top Shelf” sit-down to talk about worldbuilding in Star Wars. Mark and Becca discuss the growing galaxy of Star Wars between the books and on screen. In other words, the future of Star Wars is bright! In fact, so bright that the…
52: Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy with Amy Ratcliffe!
Nov 12, 2018 • 30 min
“Tarkin’s Top Shelf” welcomes the author of Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy, Amy Ratcliffe to the show! In this episode, Mark, and Becca sit-down with Amy Ratcliffe and talk Star Wars. They discuss the early concept of Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy, the…
51 Skywalking Through Fire in Star Wars Lore
Nov 6, 2018 • 55 min
“Tarkin’s Top Shelf” discusses the symbolism of fire and its relevance in Star Wars Lore. Mark and Becca welcome Michael Moreci, a Star Wars comics writer, and novelist to the show to join them on their journey through fire walking and innocent until…
#50 Reviewing ‘Lando’s Luck’
Oct 22, 2018 • 49 min
“Tarkin’s Top Shelf” celebrates their 50th Episode Anniversary with Lando’s Luck by Justina Ireland and Disney Press. In this episode, Mark, and Becca review the latest literary continuation to Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lando’s Luck!
49 Revisiting Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary ‘New Edition
Oct 2, 2018 • 52 min
Tarkin’s Top Shelf” revisits Star Wars with The Complete Visual Dictionary (New Edition) by DK Publishing. In this episode, Mark, and Becca review the newly updated Visual Dictionary by highlighting their personal favorites. But, before they dive-in, they…
48 Sacred Jedi Texts: From a Biblical Lens
Sep 20, 2018 • 51 min
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
47 In Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story Expanded Edition
Sep 4, 2018 • 51 min
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…
46 The Last Jedi ‘A Junior Novel’ with Michael Kogge
Aug 29, 2018 • 49 min
Tarkin’s Top Shelf welcomes Michael Kogge the author of Star Wars: The Last Jedi ‘A Junior Novel,’ to the show. Michael Kogge is also known for Empire of the Wolf, and junior novel adaptations for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Batman vs. Superman:…
Eppisode 45: Literary Character Crossovers in Star Wars Resistance?
Aug 25, 2018 • 49 min
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…
44: A Clone Wars Chat with JAT!
Aug 9, 2018 • 39 min
In this episode, Mark and Becca sitdown with the man of many voices, James Arnold Taylor to talk about The Clone Wars and everything in between.
43: “It’s YOUR Universe” with Ashley Eckstein!
Jul 28, 2018 • 51 min
“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…
42: Star Wars: THRAWN: Alliances
Jul 26, 2018 • 64 min
“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…
41: Star Wars: Most Wanted
Jul 10, 2018 • 46 min
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,…
40 Star Wars: The Rebel Files with Dan Wallace
Jun 30, 2018 • 34 min
Tarkin’s Top Shelf welcomes Dan Wallace to the show to talk about Star Wars: The Rebel Files. Dan Wallace is the author of Jedi Path, Book of Sith, Imperial Handbook, The Bounty Hunter Code, and the soon-to-be-released, The Rebel Files. In this episode,…
39: The ‘Whills’ of the Force!
Jun 21, 2018 • 41 min
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…
38: SOLO Reactions and Story Spawning!
May 29, 2018 • 58 min
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…
37: That Mighty Skywalker Blood!
May 16, 2018 • 58 min
Mark and Becca are back to talk about some recent Star Wars News and that ‘Mighty Skywalker Blood!’ In this episode, they go over a variety of Star Wars literature that focuses on the Skywalker family. In doing so, they tackle that burning question that’s…
36: Last Shot
May 2, 2018 • 45 min
Mark and Becca are back to talk about Daniel José Older’s ‘Star Wars: Last Shot!’ In this episode, they go over the leading cast and the thrilling adventure that links them throughout the ages. Still, it’s hard to decide if ‘Last Shot’ is Han’s or Lando’s…
35: Luke Dreams of Camie and SOLO ChitChat
Apr 19, 2018 • 48 min
​Mark and Becca are back to talk about Luke dreaming of Camie and the SOLO full-length theatrical trailer. In this episode, they discuss and go over the prelude from Jason Fry’s novel adaptation of “The Last Jedi.” Then they dive-in to Solo: A Star Wars…
Episode: 34 The Last Jedi Expanded Edition
Mar 23, 2018 • 55 min
Mark and Becca are back to add Star Wars: The Last Jedi to Tarkin’s Top Shelf. In this episode, they discuss and go over their initial reactions to Jason Fry’s novel adaptation of The Last Jedi. The good. The not so good. And, yeah, the unexpected too.…
33:The Age of Heroes
Mar 1, 2018 • 58 min
Welcome to a special episode of Tarkin’s Top Shelf! Mark and Becca are joined by Michael Moreci to talk parallels. Yup, that’s right! Parallels and the blurred lines between The Last Jedi and the novelization of Revenge of the Sith. It is a story of love…
32: A Galaxy of New Books Spawns from SOLO
Feb 22, 2018 • 49 min
A Galaxy of New Books has spawned from Solo! That’s right! Disney Books has delivered the upcoming literary list of Solo Adventures: Star Wars: Last Shot and Star Wars: Most Wanted to name a few. Mark and Becca are ready to jump on that Solo train to an…
31: SOLO: A Star Wars Story Teaser Overview!
Feb 6, 2018 • 37 min
It’s a Special Edition of Tarkin’s Top Shelf! Solo: A Star Wars Story Teaser Overview and book possibilities. In this episode, Mark, and Becca discuss the Official Teaser for Solo: A Star Wars Story. They also go over some plausible scenarios for literary…
30: Star Wars Comics: Darth Vader, Master Nu and the Sacred Texts!
Feb 1, 2018 • 56 min
Tarkin’s Top Shelf is back! In this episode, Becca welcomes guest host Eric Oknenhout to the show. They discuss the upcoming book possibilities for ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story.’ Afterward, they dive right into their main topic for discussion. The latest…
29: Chewie, Porgs, and Rebels! From a Certain POV
Jan 25, 2018 • 58 min
Welcome back to another episode of Tarkin’s Top Shelf! Mark and Becca go over Disney’s: “Chewie and the Porgs!” Afterwards, they dissect and analyze the latest Star Wars Rebels trailer and how it ties-in with the sequel trilogy. And then, it all comes…
28: Cobalt Squadron
Jan 11, 2018 • 44 min
Mark and Becca are so excited to talk about Star Wars: The Last Jedi ‘Cobalt Squadron.’ Disney Books and Lucasfilm Press give us another fantastic character driven Young Adult novel with Cobalt Squadron. And, Mark and Becca do their very best to go over…
27 The Last Jedi’ and ‘Canto Bight’ Initial Reactions with Idiot’s Array!
Dec 20, 2017 • 83 min
Welcome to Tarkin’s Top Shelf! The only Star Wars Literature Podcast on the internet that dissects and analyzes your favorite, and maybe, least favorite canon books. In this episode, Mark, and Becca welcome the entire cast from Idiot’s Array Podcast for a…
26: The Last Jedi’ and The Brightest Light Casts the Darkest Shadow!
Dec 7, 2017 • 55 min
Welcome to another edition of Tarkin’s Top Shelf! In this episode, Becca invites Ryder Waldron from Idiot’s Array Podcast to join her in a thought-provoking discussion. They focus on a specific analogy from Matthew Stover’s novel adaptation of Star Wars:…
25: Legends of Luke Skywalker
Nov 25, 2017 • 49 min
Mark and Becca go over Disney’s “The Legends of Luke Skywalker.” They break down the six stories and go into a bit of creative theoretical thinking as they connect the storytelling to “The Last Jedi.” But, before they dive in with both feet on Luke’s…
24: From a Certain Point of View Part II
Nov 9, 2017 • 45 min
Welcome to another edition of “Tarkin’s Top Shelf”! Mark and Becca are back to continue their discussion on Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View. In this episode, they pick up right where they left off. As they discuss the next ten stories, they do a…
23: From a Certain Point of View
Oct 19, 2017 • 48 min
Welcome back to another episode of Tarkin’s Top Shelf. The only Star Wars Literature Podcast on the internet that dissects and analyzes your favorite (and maybe least favorite) Canon books. In this episode, Mark, and Becca give their perspectives on Star…
22: Phasma
Oct 4, 2017 • 60 min
Welcome back to another episode of Tarkin’s Top Shelf. In today’s show, Becca, and Mark go over the latest Star Wars novel from Del Rey Publishing: PHASMA! They dissect and analyze her mystique and origins. Phasma Fact 101: if Phasma knows you know her…
21: Leia Princess of Alderaan
Sep 20, 2017 • 56 min
Tarkin’s Top Shelf is back and ready to discuss the General of the Resistance. But, before she became the General, she was ‘Leia: Princess of Alderaan.’ In this episode, Becca and Mark analyze one of the most anticipated Young Adult novels from the…
Episode: 20 Star Wars Super Graphic
Sep 1, 2017 • 38 min
In today’s episode of Tarkin’s Top Shelf, Becca, and Mark sit down and chat over a different kind of Star Wars book. Star Wars ‘Super Graphic’ by Tim Leong. As your hosts flip through these colorful pages of Star Wars fun, they do their best to connect…
19: Inferno Squad
Aug 16, 2017 • 56 min
Mark and Becca go beyond the pages of “Inferno Squad” and connect the dots to other aspects of the continuity.
18: Legends and Canon: The Journey to ‘The Last Jedi’
Jul 26, 2017 • 62 min
Welcome back to another special edition of Tarkin’s Top Shelf! This time, Mark and Becca revisit some old Legends, and the impact of the new canon, and then they venture into the possibilities of what will soon become the ‘Journey to the Last Jedi.’…
#17 Kybers: “The Living Crystal”
Jun 21, 2017 • 45 min
Welcome back to another edition of Tarkin’s Top Shelf! Mark and Becca switch things up a bit as they dive into one of the hottest topics of discussion right now, the Kyber Crystal. In this episode, Mark and Becca take a look at the continuity…
Episode: 16 Star Wars: Rebel Rising
Jun 7, 2017 • 50 min
Welcome back to another edition of Tarkin’s Top Shelf! Mark and Becca discuss the Disney Young Adult novel, “Rebel Rising” by Beth Revis. They go over the detailed backstory of Jyn Erso’s childhood and upbringing, and how she became a leader and…
Episode: 15 Guardians of the Whills
May 18, 2017 • 42 min
Welcome back to another edition of Tarkin’s Top Shelf! Mark and Becca go over the Young Adult novel “Guardians of the Whills,” a tie-in story to the film “Rogue One.” They discuss the character relationship between Baze Malbus and Chirrut…
The SWCO Making Star Wars Podcast Network LIVE Podcast MashUp
Apr 30, 2017 • 14 min
This is a special presentation of the entire Making Star Wars Podcasting Network! Live from Orlando, Steele Saunders from ‘Steele Wars’ hosted the entire event from Marlow’s Tavern. Steele made his rounds by asking each podcaster their initial…
14: Thrawn
Apr 27, 2017 • 51 min
Welcome back to another edition of Tarkin’s Top Shelf! Yes, the “embargo” has lifted, and now, Mark and Becca are ready to tackle the long-awaited THRAWN. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy their “detective work” as they assess one of the most…
13: Star Wars Celebration Podcast Stage
Apr 14, 2017 • 52 min
Rebecca is joined by fellow Star Wars podcaster and friend Ryder from Idiot’s Array. Rebecca and Ryder take the podcast stage at Celebration Orlando to discus the why the new literary canon is relevant & important to the Galaxy far, far away. Not…
12: Empire’s End
Mar 2, 2017 • 45 min
Mark and Becca have read the final conclusion to Chuck Wendig’s literary trilogy, AFTERMATH: Empire’s End ― the most anticipated novel to date! In this episode, your librarians of the Whills go into full detail during their analysis, and nothing…
11: Rogue One
Jan 19, 2017 • 52 min
Mark and Becca have digested all that they can from Rogue One, now they take on the task of bridging the novels Rogue One: Catalyst and Rogue One’s novel to the movie Rogue One: a Star Wars Story. In fact it’s such a big task, they invited friend and…
9: Ahsoka Novel
Nov 2, 2016 • 49 min
Mark and Becca are back to discus one of the most anticipated novels since Disney announced it. Join Mark and Becca in analyzing Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston. In this episode: Ahsoka’s new life after order 66 The Battle on Mandalore and Ahsok’s last…
8: Listener feedback
Sep 15, 2016 • 55 min
Mark and Becca have been getting a lot of feedback since the launch of podcast and a few weeks back they asked their listeners to supply them with questions, topics and to give their thoughts on all things Star Wars. Their listeners provided them with…
7: Star War: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know. (Adam Bray interview)
Aug 18, 2016 • 52 min
Bonus Episode
6: Life Debt
Jul 27, 2016 • 70 min
Mark and Becca are back to analyze the latest Star Wars Novels. In this episode: Star Wars Rebels Trailer from Celebration Europe The Grand Admiral Thrawn to appear in Rebels Grand Admiral Thrawn get his own novel Rogue One Catalyst Analysis…
5: Bloodline
May 19, 2016 • 52 min
*****WARNING SPOILERS***** Becca and Mark have returned to analyze the Star Wars novel: Bloodline. In this episode: The timeline controversy? Canon references Leia’s true linage Han and Leia’s marriage Thought’s on Luke and Ben Ransolm and…
4: Lords of the Sith & it’s connections to Star Wars Rebels
Apr 7, 2016 • 49 min
Mark and Becca are back to dissect the novel Lords of the Sith by Paul S. Kemp. In this Episode Fall out from the Clone Wars Cham Syndulla & Isval defending Ryloth Palpatine taking matters How has Cham Syndulla evolved from…
3: Lost Stars and Rey’s Story
Mar 3, 2016 • 52 min
Produced by The Cantina Cast
2: Aftermath (It jerks you around)
Feb 8, 2016 • 49 min
Mark and Becca return to analyze Star Wars: Aftermath. In this episode: Was Vader’s lightsaber sold? The Dark Acolytes Boba Fett’s armor Temmin Wexley AKA Snap Wexley The nameless man at the young academy Rea Sloane The mysterious…
1: The Force Awakens Novel & Before Awakening
Jan 11, 2016 • 52 min
This is the 1st episode of Tarkin’s Top Shelf. Join Rebecca and Mark as the explore the Star Wars novelization of The Force Awakens. in this episode: How does the Novel compare to the movie Does the Novel revel anything the movie does…