I Can't Wait for... Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki

Science Fiction Books Coming Soon!

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about and have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released, but not necessarily. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was originally hosted at Breaking the Spine. 

My pick for this week is a rare sci-fi title, but with comparisons to Good Omens, references to queer alien courtship over fresh-made donuts, and no less than Charlie Anders praising how it captures the journey of a trans girl, I NEED THIS...

 Light from Uncommon Stars
Author: Ryka Aoki
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: Sept. 28 2021
Genres: Science Fiction

Good Omens meets The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet in Ryka Aoki's Light From Uncommon Stars, a defiantly joyful adventure set in California's San Gabriel Valley, with cursed violins, Faustian bargains, and queer alien courtship over fresh-made donuts.

Shizuka Satomi made a deal with the devil: to escape damnation, she must entice seven other violin prodigies to trade their souls for success. She has already delivered six.

When Katrina Nguyen, a young transgender runaway, catches Shizuka's ear with her wild talent, Shizuka can almost feel the curse lifting. She's found her final candidate.

But in a donut shop off a bustling highway in the San Gabriel Valley, Shizuka meets Lan Tran, retired starship captain, interstellar refugee, and mother of four. Shizuka doesn't have time for crushes or coffee dates, what with her very soul on the line, but Lan's kind smile and eyes like stars might just redefine a soul's worth. And maybe something as small as a warm donut is powerful enough to break a curse as vast as the California coastline.

As the lives of these three women become entangled by chance and fate, a story of magic, identity, curses, and hope begins, and a family worth crossing the universe for is found.


  1. I'm looking forward to this too, and the cover is so unusual😁

    1. The cover threw me off so many times, but the more I look at it the more it draws me in.

  2. I got a review copy of this, I'm looking forward to checking it out!


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