Tarkin's Top Shelf
By Becca Benjamin & Mark Sutter
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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.
||CleanEpisode 41: Star Wars: Most Wanted||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...||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 40 Star Wars: The Rebel Files with Dan Wallace||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...||6/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 39: The 'Whills' of the Force!||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...||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 38: SOLO Reactions and Story Spawning!||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...||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 37: That Mighty Skywalker Blood!||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..||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 36: Last Shot||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...||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 35: Luke Dreams of Camie and SOLO ChitChat||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...||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode: 34 The Last Jedi Expanded Edition||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...||3/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 33:The Age of Heroes||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...||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32: A Galaxy of New Books Spawns from SOLO||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...||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 31: SOLO: A Star Wars Story Teaser Overview!||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...||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 30: Star Wars Comics: Darth Vader, Master Nu and the Sacred Texts!||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..||2/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 29: Chewie, Porgs, and Rebels! From a Certain POV||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..||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 28: Cobalt Squadron||Welcome back to another episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf! 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...||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 27 The Last Jedi' and 'Canto Bight' Initial Reactions with Idiot's Array!||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..||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26: The Last Jedi' and The Brightest Light Casts the Darkest Shadow!||Tarkin's Top Shelf #26: 'The Last Jedi' and The Brightest Light Casts the Darkest Shadow! 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...||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25: Legends of Luke Skywalker||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 go over Disney's "The Legends of Luke Skywalker."...||11/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24: From a Certain Point of View Part II||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..||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23: From a Certain Point of View||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...||10/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22: Phasma||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...||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: Leia Princess of Alderaan||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...||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode: 20 Star Wars Super Graphic||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...||9/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: Inferno Squad||The Rebellion has Hope, but the Empire has Inferno Squad! In this episode, Mark and Becca go over the literary prequel to the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront II video game, "Inferno Squad." From story analysis to character breakdown, this discussion...||8/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Legends and Canon: The Journey to ‘The Last Jedi'||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.'...||7/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #17 Kybers: “The Living Crystal"||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...||6/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode: 16 Star Wars: Rebel Rising||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...||6/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode: 15 Guardians of the Whills||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...||5/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe SWCO Making Star Wars Podcast Network LIVE Podcast MashUp||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...||4/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Thrawn||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...||4/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Star Wars Celebration Podcast Stage||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...||4/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Empire's End||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..||3/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Rogue One||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...||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Ahsoka Novel||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...||11/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Listener feedback||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..||9/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Star War: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know. (Adam Bray interview)||Bonus Episode||8/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Life Debt||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...||7/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Bloodline||*****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...||5/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Lords of the Sith & it's connections to Star Wars Rebels||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...||4/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Lost Stars and Rey's Story||Produced by The Cantina Cast||3/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Aftermath (It jerks you around)||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...||2/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: The Force Awakens Novel & Before Awakening||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...||1/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Tarkin's Top Shelf
Very nice podcast, review and discussion of the book by Greg Rucka was very insightful and delightedly entertaining. I can't wait for the second one. Good job!!!
A PODCAST THAT SAVES ME TIME!!!
Rebecca and Mark do SUCH a GREAT JOB with this podcast! You guys better keep this thing going, bcuz…. it saves me SO MUCH TIME!!
I usually have a hard time getting into a random new book if i don't know what’s going on, but their discussions about the novels help me understand them before I read them. I can actually MENTALLY PICTURE what’s happening as I READ and that, to me, makes a book a hundred times more enjoyable! THANK YOU BOTH!!!
Keep these episodes FULL of DETAILS and SPOILERS with SUMMARIZATIONS for people like me!! I like to hear good summaries before i invest my time into a book. I read a lot already, so i like to know if the book’s #ROI will be worth it. LOL
Good job you guys… keep it going!!! :) #StarWarsExposé
I DO NOT READ!!
Hey everyone, Johnny Grasso here...as you all know, I DO NOT READ... that is why it is so important to have this podcast!! TTS's Mark and Rebeca do such a great job filling us in on each and every book so we do NOT have to read them!!
Thank you so much MARK AND REBECCA!!!
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