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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.

Tarkin's Top Shelf Becca Benjamin & Mark Sutter

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    • 4.4 • 55 Ratings

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.

    Skywalker: A Family At Wars By Kristin Baver

    Skywalker: A Family At Wars By Kristin Baver

    In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, your hosts' review Skywalker: A Family At War by Kristin Baver and DK Publishing. Skywalker: A Family At War is a historical biography of the fictional Skywalker family and the turbulent story surrounding their family dynasty. But first, Mark and Becca go over the latest in Star Wars news.

    • 56 min
    INFLUENCING SKYWALKER: Qui-Gon and Palpatine

    INFLUENCING SKYWALKER: Qui-Gon and Palpatine

    Tarkin's Top Shelf takes a closer look at Qui-Gon Jinn and Palpatine (the top two influencers of the Skywalker family) in preparation for the upcoming Star Wars family biography by Kristin Baver, Skywalker: A Family At War. Your hosts discuss the recent excerpt for Skywalker: A Family At War and revisit the Aftermath Trilogy by Chuck Wendig. But first, Mark and Becca talk about the latest in Star Wars News.

    • 50 min
    No Mando?

    No Mando?

    Last week Tuesday, Del Rey Publishing and DK Publishing took to their Twitter accounts. Both announced that Due to the ever-expanding world of The Mandalorian, they are no longer publishing The Mandalorian Ultimate Visual Guide or the Original Novel at this time, as the story continues to unfold on-screen. In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca discuss those announcements and do their best to look beyond the obvious and the so-called rosy goggles that tend to blind us from being rational.

    • 51 min
    In Review: Star Wars: Victory's Price

    In Review: Star Wars: Victory's Price

    In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca review the finale to the Alphabet Squadron trilogy, Star Wars: Victory's Price by Alexander Freed. Your hosts kick-off the show by chatting about the latest in Star Wars news, then they deep-dive into the meat and potatoes of Victory's Price. Ok, it's more like an emotional meat grinder than a meal, but it's still one helluva hero's journey!

    Thanks to Del Rey Publishing for providing the show with advanced copies for review purposes.

    • 50 min
    Star Wars: Victory's Price WITH Alexander Freed

    Star Wars: Victory's Price WITH Alexander Freed

    Tarkin's Top Shelf welcomes author Alexander Freed to the show to talk about Star Wars: Victory's Price. Alexander Freed is the author of the Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron trilogy,
    Star Wars: Battlefront: Twilight Company, and Star Wars: Rogue One and has written many short stories, comic books, and videogames. In this episode, Mark and Becca sit down with Alexander Freed to talk about a Star War and space jams that inspire and lead Alphabet Squadron against the last remnants of the evil Empire.

    • 55 min
    Padme' and Geode, and Sith, Oh My!

    Padme' and Geode, and Sith, Oh My!

    Padme' and Geode, and Sith, Oh My! In this episode of Tarkin's Top Shelf, Mark and Becca take a moment to discuss what's coming to our Star Wars bookshelves in a galaxy not so far, far away. That's right! Your hosts talk about the upcoming Padme' book, "Queen's Hope" by E.K. Johnston, and "The Secrets of Sith" by Marc Sumerak. Then, your hosts wrap things up with some sedimentary nonfiction talk. Yes, it's all about Geode and the path that rocks.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

loheSWF ,

Awesome podcast!!

Best Star Wars podcast I have ever listened to!

Alden Diaz ,

One of the most thoughtful Star Wars shows out there!

Here’s what I love about Becca & Mark: They understand that Star Wars is a tapestry of ideas. It’s a journey of themes and choices. And they’re not afraid to dig deep! They are so incredibly kind and fun and thoughtful. This is the kind of show that I’d gladly show anyone that wants to get into the deeper canon & lore, but while maintaining the openness and joy that makes Star Wars what it is in the first place. It’s a fun, open minded pod that considers the greater picture and everyone should check it out! Trust me, your fandom will be better for it.

Urangelb ,

Tarkin's Top Shelf is a top shelf show. Indeed.

I normally refrain from reviewing my own work, but today I'm making an exception as I'm not really reviewing myself as I am my co-host, Mark Sutter. That said, I'd like to thank him for sticking with me through these past 4-5 years, and for the whole duration of the Sequel Trilogy. It's been quite the journey and we, as a team, have come a long way since The Force Awakens. So, without further ado, thanks, Mark for making the time to talk Star Wars with me and for editing every single show to make it what it is today. Hopefully, James Arnold Taylor is right in that, Tarkin's Top Shelf is a Top Shelf Show.

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