Good Guys

Good Guys

Donovan was shot by a cop. For jaywalking, supposedly. Actually, for arguing with a cop while black. Four of the nine shots were lethal--or would have been, if their target had been anybody else. The Foundation picked him up, brought him back, and trained him further. "Lethal" turns out to be a relative term when magic is involved. When Marci was fifteen, she levitated a pa Donovan was shot by a cop. For jaywalking, supposedly. Actually, for arguing with a cop while black. Four of the nine...

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Title:Good Guys
Author:Steven Brust
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Genres:Fantasy
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Good Guys Reviews

  • Tim Hicks
    Jun 07, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

  • Jeffrey
    May 03, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...

  • Mike
    Jan 29, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...

    3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust?s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald?s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don?t think anything that?s...

    Originally published at Reading Reality If you take Magic Ex Libris by Jim C. Hines SPI Files by Lisa Shearin, Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne Gilman, and mix them with a bit of cold war spy fiction and a heaping helping of noir, you?ll get something like Good Guys. ...

    So I feel it necessary to emphasize that I got an early copy via NetGalley. I think that perhaps the publisher should?ve waited until after another edit before making ARCs available. I must assume that the edited version to come out in March 2018 will have fixed many of the issues I ...

    It?s hard to separate multiple kinds of impressions of this book into a coherent review. Maybe from another author I?d think this was a promising four-star start with some rough edges, but from Brust it?s merely interesting with significant flaws. The context for the story was...

    If you want an author to carefully explain to you who his characters are and how they relate to each other, this is probably not the book for you. Donovan Longfellow and his team of two are North American investigators for the Foundation, a secretive group that split off from an even m...

    Not bad, but not great. I can't help but comparing this book to the Vlad Tatos books and having this fail spectacularly. The author has proven how well he can write fantasy and I urge him to go back to it. I enjoyed that the Foundation and the Mystics were pretty much the same with ...

    I've had people enthuse to me about Steven Brust more than once, but his main series is large and sprawling and not exactly my thing, and I've never found a point of entry to his work. When I saw this on Netgalley, a new series starter in a new genre for Brust, I thought I'd give it a ...

  • Chris
    Jun 15, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...

    3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust?s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald?s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don?t think anything that?s...

    Originally published at Reading Reality If you take Magic Ex Libris by Jim C. Hines SPI Files by Lisa Shearin, Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne Gilman, and mix them with a bit of cold war spy fiction and a heaping helping of noir, you?ll get something like Good Guys. ...

    So I feel it necessary to emphasize that I got an early copy via NetGalley. I think that perhaps the publisher should?ve waited until after another edit before making ARCs available. I must assume that the edited version to come out in March 2018 will have fixed many of the issues I ...

    It?s hard to separate multiple kinds of impressions of this book into a coherent review. Maybe from another author I?d think this was a promising four-star start with some rough edges, but from Brust it?s merely interesting with significant flaws. The context for the story was...

    If you want an author to carefully explain to you who his characters are and how they relate to each other, this is probably not the book for you. Donovan Longfellow and his team of two are North American investigators for the Foundation, a secretive group that split off from an even m...

    Not bad, but not great. I can't help but comparing this book to the Vlad Tatos books and having this fail spectacularly. The author has proven how well he can write fantasy and I urge him to go back to it. I enjoyed that the Foundation and the Mystics were pretty much the same with ...

    I've had people enthuse to me about Steven Brust more than once, but his main series is large and sprawling and not exactly my thing, and I've never found a point of entry to his work. When I saw this on Netgalley, a new series starter in a new genre for Brust, I thought I'd give it a ...

    This book was really good and definitely had me thinking throughout the entire story. I want to see what happens next with these characters as I don't feel that this is really finished. There were parts of the book that were confusing, but as the book went on, they didn't necessarily m...

    Awesome Very good book. A little over the top about how the protagonist views being black in the US, but otherwise a very good novel. ...

    Short enjoyable book about a small group of investigators looking into a murder. Good characterisation and character development with a great story. Read this. ...

    I have been a fan of Brust's writing since High School. He is one of the few contemporary fiction authors that I read 30-35 years ago that I still read today. I have read nearly all his novels, and many of them more than once. But this one has a very different feel. This book is classi...

    Imaginative. Magic policemen who have to abide by budget constraints so sometimes have to take domestic flights rather than teleportation. The plot moved along thanks to magical coincidence, but the entertainment factor softened the shortfalls. ...

  • Scott Frank
    May 11, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...

    3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust?s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald?s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don?t think anything that?s...

    Originally published at Reading Reality If you take Magic Ex Libris by Jim C. Hines SPI Files by Lisa Shearin, Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne Gilman, and mix them with a bit of cold war spy fiction and a heaping helping of noir, you?ll get something like Good Guys. ...

    So I feel it necessary to emphasize that I got an early copy via NetGalley. I think that perhaps the publisher should?ve waited until after another edit before making ARCs available. I must assume that the edited version to come out in March 2018 will have fixed many of the issues I ...

    It?s hard to separate multiple kinds of impressions of this book into a coherent review. Maybe from another author I?d think this was a promising four-star start with some rough edges, but from Brust it?s merely interesting with significant flaws. The context for the story was...

    If you want an author to carefully explain to you who his characters are and how they relate to each other, this is probably not the book for you. Donovan Longfellow and his team of two are North American investigators for the Foundation, a secretive group that split off from an even m...

    Not bad, but not great. I can't help but comparing this book to the Vlad Tatos books and having this fail spectacularly. The author has proven how well he can write fantasy and I urge him to go back to it. I enjoyed that the Foundation and the Mystics were pretty much the same with ...

    I've had people enthuse to me about Steven Brust more than once, but his main series is large and sprawling and not exactly my thing, and I've never found a point of entry to his work. When I saw this on Netgalley, a new series starter in a new genre for Brust, I thought I'd give it a ...

    This book was really good and definitely had me thinking throughout the entire story. I want to see what happens next with these characters as I don't feel that this is really finished. There were parts of the book that were confusing, but as the book went on, they didn't necessarily m...

    Awesome Very good book. A little over the top about how the protagonist views being black in the US, but otherwise a very good novel. ...

    Short enjoyable book about a small group of investigators looking into a murder. Good characterisation and character development with a great story. Read this. ...

    I have been a fan of Brust's writing since High School. He is one of the few contemporary fiction authors that I read 30-35 years ago that I still read today. I have read nearly all his novels, and many of them more than once. But this one has a very different feel. This book is classi...

    Imaginative. Magic policemen who have to abide by budget constraints so sometimes have to take domestic flights rather than teleportation. The plot moved along thanks to magical coincidence, but the entertainment factor softened the shortfalls. ...

    I am by no means a Steven Brust "fan", but have read his work before and actually had the pleasure of meeting him at a signing event at my local bookstore. He was littlish, swore a lot, and wore a dirty cowboy hat. He sounds exactly like he writes, which is interesting. I picked The Su...

    *copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review* Good Guys is a new urban fantasy novel from Steven Brust. Brust is the author of the long running Jhereg fantasy series. Urban fantasy is, thus, a slight departure for him, but I?m happy to report that it? a rather fun read, and one...

    What it's about: Magic exists, and it's up to the "good guys" to keep the world from finding out. But one of the operative groups is wondering if they're actually working for the right side. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that there's more going on than meets the eye. Wh...

    A big thank-you to Raincoast Books and Tor Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. Although I enjoyed this book, I felt a little mislead by the synopsis. Maybe I read it wrong, but I thought it was going to be dealing with a team of super-powered...

    To be honest, my first reaction after reading this book was surprise while reading through all of the positive reviews of this book. I thought it was okay, nothing particularly break through in the fantasy or crime genres. I thought this was a first time novel by the author ? what I...

    my new way for judging if a book is worth sticking with is whether or not it trusts you as a reader. if a modern novel begins 'it all started when ...' or some variation of that, it can fuck right off. good guys kicks off in media res, and while there are flashbacks and a bit of exposi...

    So..I'm going 3 stars, though I really feel it's a 3.5 (I looked at the overall rating agglomerate and decided to rate it either 3 or four, in the direction of averaging to 3.5, and it's at 3.8 right now, so...3 stars). It's a very Brustian take on the urban fantasy, Dresden-files t...

  • Chip
    Mar 17, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...

    3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust?s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald?s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don?t think anything that?s...

  • Susan
    Mar 18, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...

    3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust?s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald?s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don?t think anything that?s...

    Originally published at Reading Reality If you take Magic Ex Libris by Jim C. Hines SPI Files by Lisa Shearin, Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne Gilman, and mix them with a bit of cold war spy fiction and a heaping helping of noir, you?ll get something like Good Guys. ...

    So I feel it necessary to emphasize that I got an early copy via NetGalley. I think that perhaps the publisher should?ve waited until after another edit before making ARCs available. I must assume that the edited version to come out in March 2018 will have fixed many of the issues I ...

    It?s hard to separate multiple kinds of impressions of this book into a coherent review. Maybe from another author I?d think this was a promising four-star start with some rough edges, but from Brust it?s merely interesting with significant flaws. The context for the story was...

    If you want an author to carefully explain to you who his characters are and how they relate to each other, this is probably not the book for you. Donovan Longfellow and his team of two are North American investigators for the Foundation, a secretive group that split off from an even m...

  • Ron
    Mar 26, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...

    3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust?s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald?s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don?t think anything that?s...

    Originally published at Reading Reality If you take Magic Ex Libris by Jim C. Hines SPI Files by Lisa Shearin, Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne Gilman, and mix them with a bit of cold war spy fiction and a heaping helping of noir, you?ll get something like Good Guys. ...

    So I feel it necessary to emphasize that I got an early copy via NetGalley. I think that perhaps the publisher should?ve waited until after another edit before making ARCs available. I must assume that the edited version to come out in March 2018 will have fixed many of the issues I ...

    It?s hard to separate multiple kinds of impressions of this book into a coherent review. Maybe from another author I?d think this was a promising four-star start with some rough edges, but from Brust it?s merely interesting with significant flaws. The context for the story was...

    If you want an author to carefully explain to you who his characters are and how they relate to each other, this is probably not the book for you. Donovan Longfellow and his team of two are North American investigators for the Foundation, a secretive group that split off from an even m...

    Not bad, but not great. I can't help but comparing this book to the Vlad Tatos books and having this fail spectacularly. The author has proven how well he can write fantasy and I urge him to go back to it. I enjoyed that the Foundation and the Mystics were pretty much the same with ...

    I've had people enthuse to me about Steven Brust more than once, but his main series is large and sprawling and not exactly my thing, and I've never found a point of entry to his work. When I saw this on Netgalley, a new series starter in a new genre for Brust, I thought I'd give it a ...

    This book was really good and definitely had me thinking throughout the entire story. I want to see what happens next with these characters as I don't feel that this is really finished. There were parts of the book that were confusing, but as the book went on, they didn't necessarily m...

    Awesome Very good book. A little over the top about how the protagonist views being black in the US, but otherwise a very good novel. ...

    Short enjoyable book about a small group of investigators looking into a murder. Good characterisation and character development with a great story. Read this. ...

    I have been a fan of Brust's writing since High School. He is one of the few contemporary fiction authors that I read 30-35 years ago that I still read today. I have read nearly all his novels, and many of them more than once. But this one has a very different feel. This book is classi...

    Imaginative. Magic policemen who have to abide by budget constraints so sometimes have to take domestic flights rather than teleportation. The plot moved along thanks to magical coincidence, but the entertainment factor softened the shortfalls. ...

    I am by no means a Steven Brust "fan", but have read his work before and actually had the pleasure of meeting him at a signing event at my local bookstore. He was littlish, swore a lot, and wore a dirty cowboy hat. He sounds exactly like he writes, which is interesting. I picked The Su...

    *copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review* Good Guys is a new urban fantasy novel from Steven Brust. Brust is the author of the long running Jhereg fantasy series. Urban fantasy is, thus, a slight departure for him, but I?m happy to report that it? a rather fun read, and one...

    What it's about: Magic exists, and it's up to the "good guys" to keep the world from finding out. But one of the operative groups is wondering if they're actually working for the right side. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that there's more going on than meets the eye. Wh...

    A big thank-you to Raincoast Books and Tor Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. Although I enjoyed this book, I felt a little mislead by the synopsis. Maybe I read it wrong, but I thought it was going to be dealing with a team of super-powered...

    To be honest, my first reaction after reading this book was surprise while reading through all of the positive reviews of this book. I thought it was okay, nothing particularly break through in the fantasy or crime genres. I thought this was a first time novel by the author ? what I...

    my new way for judging if a book is worth sticking with is whether or not it trusts you as a reader. if a modern novel begins 'it all started when ...' or some variation of that, it can fuck right off. good guys kicks off in media res, and while there are flashbacks and a bit of exposi...

    So..I'm going 3 stars, though I really feel it's a 3.5 (I looked at the overall rating agglomerate and decided to rate it either 3 or four, in the direction of averaging to 3.5, and it's at 3.8 right now, so...3 stars). It's a very Brustian take on the urban fantasy, Dresden-files t...

    In a rare non-Vlad Taltos novel, Steven Brust drags the willing reader in to a world much like our own except that magic is available to a few people based on their genetics. At present there are two magic organizations in the world, both strive to keep magic underground, they just dif...

  • J.W. Martin
    Mar 12, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...

    3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust?s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald?s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don?t think anything that?s...

    Originally published at Reading Reality If you take Magic Ex Libris by Jim C. Hines SPI Files by Lisa Shearin, Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne Gilman, and mix them with a bit of cold war spy fiction and a heaping helping of noir, you?ll get something like Good Guys. ...

    So I feel it necessary to emphasize that I got an early copy via NetGalley. I think that perhaps the publisher should?ve waited until after another edit before making ARCs available. I must assume that the edited version to come out in March 2018 will have fixed many of the issues I ...

    It?s hard to separate multiple kinds of impressions of this book into a coherent review. Maybe from another author I?d think this was a promising four-star start with some rough edges, but from Brust it?s merely interesting with significant flaws. The context for the story was...

    If you want an author to carefully explain to you who his characters are and how they relate to each other, this is probably not the book for you. Donovan Longfellow and his team of two are North American investigators for the Foundation, a secretive group that split off from an even m...

    Not bad, but not great. I can't help but comparing this book to the Vlad Tatos books and having this fail spectacularly. The author has proven how well he can write fantasy and I urge him to go back to it. I enjoyed that the Foundation and the Mystics were pretty much the same with ...

    I've had people enthuse to me about Steven Brust more than once, but his main series is large and sprawling and not exactly my thing, and I've never found a point of entry to his work. When I saw this on Netgalley, a new series starter in a new genre for Brust, I thought I'd give it a ...

    This book was really good and definitely had me thinking throughout the entire story. I want to see what happens next with these characters as I don't feel that this is really finished. There were parts of the book that were confusing, but as the book went on, they didn't necessarily m...

    Awesome Very good book. A little over the top about how the protagonist views being black in the US, but otherwise a very good novel. ...

    Short enjoyable book about a small group of investigators looking into a murder. Good characterisation and character development with a great story. Read this. ...

    I have been a fan of Brust's writing since High School. He is one of the few contemporary fiction authors that I read 30-35 years ago that I still read today. I have read nearly all his novels, and many of them more than once. But this one has a very different feel. This book is classi...

    Imaginative. Magic policemen who have to abide by budget constraints so sometimes have to take domestic flights rather than teleportation. The plot moved along thanks to magical coincidence, but the entertainment factor softened the shortfalls. ...

    I am by no means a Steven Brust "fan", but have read his work before and actually had the pleasure of meeting him at a signing event at my local bookstore. He was littlish, swore a lot, and wore a dirty cowboy hat. He sounds exactly like he writes, which is interesting. I picked The Su...

    *copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review* Good Guys is a new urban fantasy novel from Steven Brust. Brust is the author of the long running Jhereg fantasy series. Urban fantasy is, thus, a slight departure for him, but I?m happy to report that it? a rather fun read, and one...

    What it's about: Magic exists, and it's up to the "good guys" to keep the world from finding out. But one of the operative groups is wondering if they're actually working for the right side. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that there's more going on than meets the eye. Wh...

    A big thank-you to Raincoast Books and Tor Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. Although I enjoyed this book, I felt a little mislead by the synopsis. Maybe I read it wrong, but I thought it was going to be dealing with a team of super-powered...

  • Bradley
    Feb 16, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

  • Judy Lesley
    Feb 16, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

  • Chris Bauer
    Jun 23, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...

    3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust?s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald?s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don?t think anything that?s...

    Originally published at Reading Reality If you take Magic Ex Libris by Jim C. Hines SPI Files by Lisa Shearin, Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne Gilman, and mix them with a bit of cold war spy fiction and a heaping helping of noir, you?ll get something like Good Guys. ...

    So I feel it necessary to emphasize that I got an early copy via NetGalley. I think that perhaps the publisher should?ve waited until after another edit before making ARCs available. I must assume that the edited version to come out in March 2018 will have fixed many of the issues I ...

    It?s hard to separate multiple kinds of impressions of this book into a coherent review. Maybe from another author I?d think this was a promising four-star start with some rough edges, but from Brust it?s merely interesting with significant flaws. The context for the story was...

    If you want an author to carefully explain to you who his characters are and how they relate to each other, this is probably not the book for you. Donovan Longfellow and his team of two are North American investigators for the Foundation, a secretive group that split off from an even m...

    Not bad, but not great. I can't help but comparing this book to the Vlad Tatos books and having this fail spectacularly. The author has proven how well he can write fantasy and I urge him to go back to it. I enjoyed that the Foundation and the Mystics were pretty much the same with ...

    I've had people enthuse to me about Steven Brust more than once, but his main series is large and sprawling and not exactly my thing, and I've never found a point of entry to his work. When I saw this on Netgalley, a new series starter in a new genre for Brust, I thought I'd give it a ...

    This book was really good and definitely had me thinking throughout the entire story. I want to see what happens next with these characters as I don't feel that this is really finished. There were parts of the book that were confusing, but as the book went on, they didn't necessarily m...

    Awesome Very good book. A little over the top about how the protagonist views being black in the US, but otherwise a very good novel. ...

    Short enjoyable book about a small group of investigators looking into a murder. Good characterisation and character development with a great story. Read this. ...

    I have been a fan of Brust's writing since High School. He is one of the few contemporary fiction authors that I read 30-35 years ago that I still read today. I have read nearly all his novels, and many of them more than once. But this one has a very different feel. This book is classi...

    Imaginative. Magic policemen who have to abide by budget constraints so sometimes have to take domestic flights rather than teleportation. The plot moved along thanks to magical coincidence, but the entertainment factor softened the shortfalls. ...

    I am by no means a Steven Brust "fan", but have read his work before and actually had the pleasure of meeting him at a signing event at my local bookstore. He was littlish, swore a lot, and wore a dirty cowboy hat. He sounds exactly like he writes, which is interesting. I picked The Su...

    *copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review* Good Guys is a new urban fantasy novel from Steven Brust. Brust is the author of the long running Jhereg fantasy series. Urban fantasy is, thus, a slight departure for him, but I?m happy to report that it? a rather fun read, and one...

    What it's about: Magic exists, and it's up to the "good guys" to keep the world from finding out. But one of the operative groups is wondering if they're actually working for the right side. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that there's more going on than meets the eye. Wh...

    A big thank-you to Raincoast Books and Tor Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. Although I enjoyed this book, I felt a little mislead by the synopsis. Maybe I read it wrong, but I thought it was going to be dealing with a team of super-powered...

    To be honest, my first reaction after reading this book was surprise while reading through all of the positive reviews of this book. I thought it was okay, nothing particularly break through in the fantasy or crime genres. I thought this was a first time novel by the author ? what I...

    my new way for judging if a book is worth sticking with is whether or not it trusts you as a reader. if a modern novel begins 'it all started when ...' or some variation of that, it can fuck right off. good guys kicks off in media res, and while there are flashbacks and a bit of exposi...

    So..I'm going 3 stars, though I really feel it's a 3.5 (I looked at the overall rating agglomerate and decided to rate it either 3 or four, in the direction of averaging to 3.5, and it's at 3.8 right now, so...3 stars). It's a very Brustian take on the urban fantasy, Dresden-files t...

    In a rare non-Vlad Taltos novel, Steven Brust drags the willing reader in to a world much like our own except that magic is available to a few people based on their genetics. At present there are two magic organizations in the world, both strive to keep magic underground, they just dif...

    When Donovan is shot nine times, four of those shots are lethal . . . but Donovan doesn?t die because The Foundation picked him up, brought him back, trained him. At fifteen, Marci levitated a paperweight and threw it at a guy she did not like. The Foundation scooped her up, too,...

    Urban fantasy is a new style for Mr. Brust and he tackles it with his usual skill and dry wit. When you work for a shadowy agency and know there another, similar but with different beliefs how do you know you're the good guys? ARE you the good guys? It's a hard question to answer. It a...

    2.5 stars, bumped up to three for a creative idea. I really wanted to like this book... But it just fell super flat for me and I was incredibly disappointed. It seemed like such a wasted opportunity to be something absolutely fantastic. It had potential to be something like The Hate...

    I really enjoyed The Good Guys by Steven Brust and highly recommend this book to all urban fantasy & secret history fans! This was a tightly constructed, spare novel with no wasted words. Very impressive! I especially enjoyed how Steven Brust managed POV in this book. I a...

    I've enjoyed Brust's work ever since high school. In my opinion, there are very, very few writers who do dialogue as well as he does. Elevates the structure into a near religious experience. Been studying his style and method for years to no avail. Now I have the opinion of just sit ba...

  • Hannah
    Jul 30, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...

    3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust?s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald?s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don?t think anything that?s...

    Originally published at Reading Reality If you take Magic Ex Libris by Jim C. Hines SPI Files by Lisa Shearin, Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne Gilman, and mix them with a bit of cold war spy fiction and a heaping helping of noir, you?ll get something like Good Guys. ...

    So I feel it necessary to emphasize that I got an early copy via NetGalley. I think that perhaps the publisher should?ve waited until after another edit before making ARCs available. I must assume that the edited version to come out in March 2018 will have fixed many of the issues I ...

    It?s hard to separate multiple kinds of impressions of this book into a coherent review. Maybe from another author I?d think this was a promising four-star start with some rough edges, but from Brust it?s merely interesting with significant flaws. The context for the story was...

    If you want an author to carefully explain to you who his characters are and how they relate to each other, this is probably not the book for you. Donovan Longfellow and his team of two are North American investigators for the Foundation, a secretive group that split off from an even m...

    Not bad, but not great. I can't help but comparing this book to the Vlad Tatos books and having this fail spectacularly. The author has proven how well he can write fantasy and I urge him to go back to it. I enjoyed that the Foundation and the Mystics were pretty much the same with ...

    I've had people enthuse to me about Steven Brust more than once, but his main series is large and sprawling and not exactly my thing, and I've never found a point of entry to his work. When I saw this on Netgalley, a new series starter in a new genre for Brust, I thought I'd give it a ...

    This book was really good and definitely had me thinking throughout the entire story. I want to see what happens next with these characters as I don't feel that this is really finished. There were parts of the book that were confusing, but as the book went on, they didn't necessarily m...

    Awesome Very good book. A little over the top about how the protagonist views being black in the US, but otherwise a very good novel. ...

    Short enjoyable book about a small group of investigators looking into a murder. Good characterisation and character development with a great story. Read this. ...

    I have been a fan of Brust's writing since High School. He is one of the few contemporary fiction authors that I read 30-35 years ago that I still read today. I have read nearly all his novels, and many of them more than once. But this one has a very different feel. This book is classi...

    Imaginative. Magic policemen who have to abide by budget constraints so sometimes have to take domestic flights rather than teleportation. The plot moved along thanks to magical coincidence, but the entertainment factor softened the shortfalls. ...

    I am by no means a Steven Brust "fan", but have read his work before and actually had the pleasure of meeting him at a signing event at my local bookstore. He was littlish, swore a lot, and wore a dirty cowboy hat. He sounds exactly like he writes, which is interesting. I picked The Su...

  • Steve
    Jul 28, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...

    3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust?s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald?s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don?t think anything that?s...

    Originally published at Reading Reality If you take Magic Ex Libris by Jim C. Hines SPI Files by Lisa Shearin, Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne Gilman, and mix them with a bit of cold war spy fiction and a heaping helping of noir, you?ll get something like Good Guys. ...

    So I feel it necessary to emphasize that I got an early copy via NetGalley. I think that perhaps the publisher should?ve waited until after another edit before making ARCs available. I must assume that the edited version to come out in March 2018 will have fixed many of the issues I ...

    It?s hard to separate multiple kinds of impressions of this book into a coherent review. Maybe from another author I?d think this was a promising four-star start with some rough edges, but from Brust it?s merely interesting with significant flaws. The context for the story was...

    If you want an author to carefully explain to you who his characters are and how they relate to each other, this is probably not the book for you. Donovan Longfellow and his team of two are North American investigators for the Foundation, a secretive group that split off from an even m...

    Not bad, but not great. I can't help but comparing this book to the Vlad Tatos books and having this fail spectacularly. The author has proven how well he can write fantasy and I urge him to go back to it. I enjoyed that the Foundation and the Mystics were pretty much the same with ...

    I've had people enthuse to me about Steven Brust more than once, but his main series is large and sprawling and not exactly my thing, and I've never found a point of entry to his work. When I saw this on Netgalley, a new series starter in a new genre for Brust, I thought I'd give it a ...

    This book was really good and definitely had me thinking throughout the entire story. I want to see what happens next with these characters as I don't feel that this is really finished. There were parts of the book that were confusing, but as the book went on, they didn't necessarily m...

    Awesome Very good book. A little over the top about how the protagonist views being black in the US, but otherwise a very good novel. ...

    Short enjoyable book about a small group of investigators looking into a murder. Good characterisation and character development with a great story. Read this. ...

    I have been a fan of Brust's writing since High School. He is one of the few contemporary fiction authors that I read 30-35 years ago that I still read today. I have read nearly all his novels, and many of them more than once. But this one has a very different feel. This book is classi...

    Imaginative. Magic policemen who have to abide by budget constraints so sometimes have to take domestic flights rather than teleportation. The plot moved along thanks to magical coincidence, but the entertainment factor softened the shortfalls. ...

    I am by no means a Steven Brust "fan", but have read his work before and actually had the pleasure of meeting him at a signing event at my local bookstore. He was littlish, swore a lot, and wore a dirty cowboy hat. He sounds exactly like he writes, which is interesting. I picked The Su...

    *copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review* Good Guys is a new urban fantasy novel from Steven Brust. Brust is the author of the long running Jhereg fantasy series. Urban fantasy is, thus, a slight departure for him, but I?m happy to report that it? a rather fun read, and one...

    What it's about: Magic exists, and it's up to the "good guys" to keep the world from finding out. But one of the operative groups is wondering if they're actually working for the right side. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that there's more going on than meets the eye. Wh...

  • Marlene
    Mar 16, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...

    3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust?s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald?s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don?t think anything that?s...

    Originally published at Reading Reality If you take Magic Ex Libris by Jim C. Hines SPI Files by Lisa Shearin, Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne Gilman, and mix them with a bit of cold war spy fiction and a heaping helping of noir, you?ll get something like Good Guys. ...

  • Joan
    Mar 22, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...

    3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust?s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald?s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don?t think anything that?s...

    Originally published at Reading Reality If you take Magic Ex Libris by Jim C. Hines SPI Files by Lisa Shearin, Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne Gilman, and mix them with a bit of cold war spy fiction and a heaping helping of noir, you?ll get something like Good Guys. ...

    So I feel it necessary to emphasize that I got an early copy via NetGalley. I think that perhaps the publisher should?ve waited until after another edit before making ARCs available. I must assume that the edited version to come out in March 2018 will have fixed many of the issues I ...

    It?s hard to separate multiple kinds of impressions of this book into a coherent review. Maybe from another author I?d think this was a promising four-star start with some rough edges, but from Brust it?s merely interesting with significant flaws. The context for the story was...

    If you want an author to carefully explain to you who his characters are and how they relate to each other, this is probably not the book for you. Donovan Longfellow and his team of two are North American investigators for the Foundation, a secretive group that split off from an even m...

    Not bad, but not great. I can't help but comparing this book to the Vlad Tatos books and having this fail spectacularly. The author has proven how well he can write fantasy and I urge him to go back to it. I enjoyed that the Foundation and the Mystics were pretty much the same with ...

    I've had people enthuse to me about Steven Brust more than once, but his main series is large and sprawling and not exactly my thing, and I've never found a point of entry to his work. When I saw this on Netgalley, a new series starter in a new genre for Brust, I thought I'd give it a ...

    This book was really good and definitely had me thinking throughout the entire story. I want to see what happens next with these characters as I don't feel that this is really finished. There were parts of the book that were confusing, but as the book went on, they didn't necessarily m...

    Awesome Very good book. A little over the top about how the protagonist views being black in the US, but otherwise a very good novel. ...

    Short enjoyable book about a small group of investigators looking into a murder. Good characterisation and character development with a great story. Read this. ...

    I have been a fan of Brust's writing since High School. He is one of the few contemporary fiction authors that I read 30-35 years ago that I still read today. I have read nearly all his novels, and many of them more than once. But this one has a very different feel. This book is classi...

    Imaginative. Magic policemen who have to abide by budget constraints so sometimes have to take domestic flights rather than teleportation. The plot moved along thanks to magical coincidence, but the entertainment factor softened the shortfalls. ...

    I am by no means a Steven Brust "fan", but have read his work before and actually had the pleasure of meeting him at a signing event at my local bookstore. He was littlish, swore a lot, and wore a dirty cowboy hat. He sounds exactly like he writes, which is interesting. I picked The Su...

    *copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review* Good Guys is a new urban fantasy novel from Steven Brust. Brust is the author of the long running Jhereg fantasy series. Urban fantasy is, thus, a slight departure for him, but I?m happy to report that it? a rather fun read, and one...

    What it's about: Magic exists, and it's up to the "good guys" to keep the world from finding out. But one of the operative groups is wondering if they're actually working for the right side. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that there's more going on than meets the eye. Wh...

    A big thank-you to Raincoast Books and Tor Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. Although I enjoyed this book, I felt a little mislead by the synopsis. Maybe I read it wrong, but I thought it was going to be dealing with a team of super-powered...

    To be honest, my first reaction after reading this book was surprise while reading through all of the positive reviews of this book. I thought it was okay, nothing particularly break through in the fantasy or crime genres. I thought this was a first time novel by the author ? what I...

    my new way for judging if a book is worth sticking with is whether or not it trusts you as a reader. if a modern novel begins 'it all started when ...' or some variation of that, it can fuck right off. good guys kicks off in media res, and while there are flashbacks and a bit of exposi...

    So..I'm going 3 stars, though I really feel it's a 3.5 (I looked at the overall rating agglomerate and decided to rate it either 3 or four, in the direction of averaging to 3.5, and it's at 3.8 right now, so...3 stars). It's a very Brustian take on the urban fantasy, Dresden-files t...

    In a rare non-Vlad Taltos novel, Steven Brust drags the willing reader in to a world much like our own except that magic is available to a few people based on their genetics. At present there are two magic organizations in the world, both strive to keep magic underground, they just dif...

    When Donovan is shot nine times, four of those shots are lethal . . . but Donovan doesn?t die because The Foundation picked him up, brought him back, trained him. At fifteen, Marci levitated a paperweight and threw it at a guy she did not like. The Foundation scooped her up, too,...

  • Emily Moore
    Feb 28, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...

    3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust?s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald?s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don?t think anything that?s...

    Originally published at Reading Reality If you take Magic Ex Libris by Jim C. Hines SPI Files by Lisa Shearin, Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne Gilman, and mix them with a bit of cold war spy fiction and a heaping helping of noir, you?ll get something like Good Guys. ...

    So I feel it necessary to emphasize that I got an early copy via NetGalley. I think that perhaps the publisher should?ve waited until after another edit before making ARCs available. I must assume that the edited version to come out in March 2018 will have fixed many of the issues I ...

    It?s hard to separate multiple kinds of impressions of this book into a coherent review. Maybe from another author I?d think this was a promising four-star start with some rough edges, but from Brust it?s merely interesting with significant flaws. The context for the story was...

    If you want an author to carefully explain to you who his characters are and how they relate to each other, this is probably not the book for you. Donovan Longfellow and his team of two are North American investigators for the Foundation, a secretive group that split off from an even m...

    Not bad, but not great. I can't help but comparing this book to the Vlad Tatos books and having this fail spectacularly. The author has proven how well he can write fantasy and I urge him to go back to it. I enjoyed that the Foundation and the Mystics were pretty much the same with ...

    I've had people enthuse to me about Steven Brust more than once, but his main series is large and sprawling and not exactly my thing, and I've never found a point of entry to his work. When I saw this on Netgalley, a new series starter in a new genre for Brust, I thought I'd give it a ...

    This book was really good and definitely had me thinking throughout the entire story. I want to see what happens next with these characters as I don't feel that this is really finished. There were parts of the book that were confusing, but as the book went on, they didn't necessarily m...

    Awesome Very good book. A little over the top about how the protagonist views being black in the US, but otherwise a very good novel. ...

    Short enjoyable book about a small group of investigators looking into a murder. Good characterisation and character development with a great story. Read this. ...

    I have been a fan of Brust's writing since High School. He is one of the few contemporary fiction authors that I read 30-35 years ago that I still read today. I have read nearly all his novels, and many of them more than once. But this one has a very different feel. This book is classi...

    Imaginative. Magic policemen who have to abide by budget constraints so sometimes have to take domestic flights rather than teleportation. The plot moved along thanks to magical coincidence, but the entertainment factor softened the shortfalls. ...

    I am by no means a Steven Brust "fan", but have read his work before and actually had the pleasure of meeting him at a signing event at my local bookstore. He was littlish, swore a lot, and wore a dirty cowboy hat. He sounds exactly like he writes, which is interesting. I picked The Su...

    *copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review* Good Guys is a new urban fantasy novel from Steven Brust. Brust is the author of the long running Jhereg fantasy series. Urban fantasy is, thus, a slight departure for him, but I?m happy to report that it? a rather fun read, and one...

    What it's about: Magic exists, and it's up to the "good guys" to keep the world from finding out. But one of the operative groups is wondering if they're actually working for the right side. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that there's more going on than meets the eye. Wh...

    A big thank-you to Raincoast Books and Tor Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. Although I enjoyed this book, I felt a little mislead by the synopsis. Maybe I read it wrong, but I thought it was going to be dealing with a team of super-powered...

    To be honest, my first reaction after reading this book was surprise while reading through all of the positive reviews of this book. I thought it was okay, nothing particularly break through in the fantasy or crime genres. I thought this was a first time novel by the author ? what I...

  • Steven R. McEvoy
    Mar 13, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...

    3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust?s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald?s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don?t think anything that?s...

    Originally published at Reading Reality If you take Magic Ex Libris by Jim C. Hines SPI Files by Lisa Shearin, Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne Gilman, and mix them with a bit of cold war spy fiction and a heaping helping of noir, you?ll get something like Good Guys. ...

    So I feel it necessary to emphasize that I got an early copy via NetGalley. I think that perhaps the publisher should?ve waited until after another edit before making ARCs available. I must assume that the edited version to come out in March 2018 will have fixed many of the issues I ...

    It?s hard to separate multiple kinds of impressions of this book into a coherent review. Maybe from another author I?d think this was a promising four-star start with some rough edges, but from Brust it?s merely interesting with significant flaws. The context for the story was...

    If you want an author to carefully explain to you who his characters are and how they relate to each other, this is probably not the book for you. Donovan Longfellow and his team of two are North American investigators for the Foundation, a secretive group that split off from an even m...

    Not bad, but not great. I can't help but comparing this book to the Vlad Tatos books and having this fail spectacularly. The author has proven how well he can write fantasy and I urge him to go back to it. I enjoyed that the Foundation and the Mystics were pretty much the same with ...

    I've had people enthuse to me about Steven Brust more than once, but his main series is large and sprawling and not exactly my thing, and I've never found a point of entry to his work. When I saw this on Netgalley, a new series starter in a new genre for Brust, I thought I'd give it a ...

    This book was really good and definitely had me thinking throughout the entire story. I want to see what happens next with these characters as I don't feel that this is really finished. There were parts of the book that were confusing, but as the book went on, they didn't necessarily m...

    Awesome Very good book. A little over the top about how the protagonist views being black in the US, but otherwise a very good novel. ...

    Short enjoyable book about a small group of investigators looking into a murder. Good characterisation and character development with a great story. Read this. ...

    I have been a fan of Brust's writing since High School. He is one of the few contemporary fiction authors that I read 30-35 years ago that I still read today. I have read nearly all his novels, and many of them more than once. But this one has a very different feel. This book is classi...

  • Chris
    Feb 19, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...

    3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust?s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald?s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don?t think anything that?s...

    Originally published at Reading Reality If you take Magic Ex Libris by Jim C. Hines SPI Files by Lisa Shearin, Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne Gilman, and mix them with a bit of cold war spy fiction and a heaping helping of noir, you?ll get something like Good Guys. ...

    So I feel it necessary to emphasize that I got an early copy via NetGalley. I think that perhaps the publisher should?ve waited until after another edit before making ARCs available. I must assume that the edited version to come out in March 2018 will have fixed many of the issues I ...

    It?s hard to separate multiple kinds of impressions of this book into a coherent review. Maybe from another author I?d think this was a promising four-star start with some rough edges, but from Brust it?s merely interesting with significant flaws. The context for the story was...

    If you want an author to carefully explain to you who his characters are and how they relate to each other, this is probably not the book for you. Donovan Longfellow and his team of two are North American investigators for the Foundation, a secretive group that split off from an even m...

    Not bad, but not great. I can't help but comparing this book to the Vlad Tatos books and having this fail spectacularly. The author has proven how well he can write fantasy and I urge him to go back to it. I enjoyed that the Foundation and the Mystics were pretty much the same with ...

    I've had people enthuse to me about Steven Brust more than once, but his main series is large and sprawling and not exactly my thing, and I've never found a point of entry to his work. When I saw this on Netgalley, a new series starter in a new genre for Brust, I thought I'd give it a ...

    This book was really good and definitely had me thinking throughout the entire story. I want to see what happens next with these characters as I don't feel that this is really finished. There were parts of the book that were confusing, but as the book went on, they didn't necessarily m...

    Awesome Very good book. A little over the top about how the protagonist views being black in the US, but otherwise a very good novel. ...

    Short enjoyable book about a small group of investigators looking into a murder. Good characterisation and character development with a great story. Read this. ...

    I have been a fan of Brust's writing since High School. He is one of the few contemporary fiction authors that I read 30-35 years ago that I still read today. I have read nearly all his novels, and many of them more than once. But this one has a very different feel. This book is classi...

    Imaginative. Magic policemen who have to abide by budget constraints so sometimes have to take domestic flights rather than teleportation. The plot moved along thanks to magical coincidence, but the entertainment factor softened the shortfalls. ...

    I am by no means a Steven Brust "fan", but have read his work before and actually had the pleasure of meeting him at a signing event at my local bookstore. He was littlish, swore a lot, and wore a dirty cowboy hat. He sounds exactly like he writes, which is interesting. I picked The Su...

    *copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review* Good Guys is a new urban fantasy novel from Steven Brust. Brust is the author of the long running Jhereg fantasy series. Urban fantasy is, thus, a slight departure for him, but I?m happy to report that it? a rather fun read, and one...

  • Bookwraiths
    Apr 19, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

  • Lauren
    Jun 26, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...

    3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust?s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald?s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don?t think anything that?s...

    Originally published at Reading Reality If you take Magic Ex Libris by Jim C. Hines SPI Files by Lisa Shearin, Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne Gilman, and mix them with a bit of cold war spy fiction and a heaping helping of noir, you?ll get something like Good Guys. ...

    So I feel it necessary to emphasize that I got an early copy via NetGalley. I think that perhaps the publisher should?ve waited until after another edit before making ARCs available. I must assume that the edited version to come out in March 2018 will have fixed many of the issues I ...

    It?s hard to separate multiple kinds of impressions of this book into a coherent review. Maybe from another author I?d think this was a promising four-star start with some rough edges, but from Brust it?s merely interesting with significant flaws. The context for the story was...

    If you want an author to carefully explain to you who his characters are and how they relate to each other, this is probably not the book for you. Donovan Longfellow and his team of two are North American investigators for the Foundation, a secretive group that split off from an even m...

    Not bad, but not great. I can't help but comparing this book to the Vlad Tatos books and having this fail spectacularly. The author has proven how well he can write fantasy and I urge him to go back to it. I enjoyed that the Foundation and the Mystics were pretty much the same with ...

    I've had people enthuse to me about Steven Brust more than once, but his main series is large and sprawling and not exactly my thing, and I've never found a point of entry to his work. When I saw this on Netgalley, a new series starter in a new genre for Brust, I thought I'd give it a ...

    This book was really good and definitely had me thinking throughout the entire story. I want to see what happens next with these characters as I don't feel that this is really finished. There were parts of the book that were confusing, but as the book went on, they didn't necessarily m...

  • Mark Gardner
    Feb 01, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...

    3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust?s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald?s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don?t think anything that?s...

    Originally published at Reading Reality If you take Magic Ex Libris by Jim C. Hines SPI Files by Lisa Shearin, Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne Gilman, and mix them with a bit of cold war spy fiction and a heaping helping of noir, you?ll get something like Good Guys. ...

    So I feel it necessary to emphasize that I got an early copy via NetGalley. I think that perhaps the publisher should?ve waited until after another edit before making ARCs available. I must assume that the edited version to come out in March 2018 will have fixed many of the issues I ...

  • Margaret
    May 18, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...

    3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust?s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald?s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don?t think anything that?s...

    Originally published at Reading Reality If you take Magic Ex Libris by Jim C. Hines SPI Files by Lisa Shearin, Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne Gilman, and mix them with a bit of cold war spy fiction and a heaping helping of noir, you?ll get something like Good Guys. ...

    So I feel it necessary to emphasize that I got an early copy via NetGalley. I think that perhaps the publisher should?ve waited until after another edit before making ARCs available. I must assume that the edited version to come out in March 2018 will have fixed many of the issues I ...

    It?s hard to separate multiple kinds of impressions of this book into a coherent review. Maybe from another author I?d think this was a promising four-star start with some rough edges, but from Brust it?s merely interesting with significant flaws. The context for the story was...

    If you want an author to carefully explain to you who his characters are and how they relate to each other, this is probably not the book for you. Donovan Longfellow and his team of two are North American investigators for the Foundation, a secretive group that split off from an even m...

    Not bad, but not great. I can't help but comparing this book to the Vlad Tatos books and having this fail spectacularly. The author has proven how well he can write fantasy and I urge him to go back to it. I enjoyed that the Foundation and the Mystics were pretty much the same with ...

    I've had people enthuse to me about Steven Brust more than once, but his main series is large and sprawling and not exactly my thing, and I've never found a point of entry to his work. When I saw this on Netgalley, a new series starter in a new genre for Brust, I thought I'd give it a ...

    This book was really good and definitely had me thinking throughout the entire story. I want to see what happens next with these characters as I don't feel that this is really finished. There were parts of the book that were confusing, but as the book went on, they didn't necessarily m...

    Awesome Very good book. A little over the top about how the protagonist views being black in the US, but otherwise a very good novel. ...

    Short enjoyable book about a small group of investigators looking into a murder. Good characterisation and character development with a great story. Read this. ...

    I have been a fan of Brust's writing since High School. He is one of the few contemporary fiction authors that I read 30-35 years ago that I still read today. I have read nearly all his novels, and many of them more than once. But this one has a very different feel. This book is classi...

    Imaginative. Magic policemen who have to abide by budget constraints so sometimes have to take domestic flights rather than teleportation. The plot moved along thanks to magical coincidence, but the entertainment factor softened the shortfalls. ...

    I am by no means a Steven Brust "fan", but have read his work before and actually had the pleasure of meeting him at a signing event at my local bookstore. He was littlish, swore a lot, and wore a dirty cowboy hat. He sounds exactly like he writes, which is interesting. I picked The Su...

    *copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review* Good Guys is a new urban fantasy novel from Steven Brust. Brust is the author of the long running Jhereg fantasy series. Urban fantasy is, thus, a slight departure for him, but I?m happy to report that it? a rather fun read, and one...

    What it's about: Magic exists, and it's up to the "good guys" to keep the world from finding out. But one of the operative groups is wondering if they're actually working for the right side. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that there's more going on than meets the eye. Wh...

    A big thank-you to Raincoast Books and Tor Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. Although I enjoyed this book, I felt a little mislead by the synopsis. Maybe I read it wrong, but I thought it was going to be dealing with a team of super-powered...

    To be honest, my first reaction after reading this book was surprise while reading through all of the positive reviews of this book. I thought it was okay, nothing particularly break through in the fantasy or crime genres. I thought this was a first time novel by the author ? what I...

    my new way for judging if a book is worth sticking with is whether or not it trusts you as a reader. if a modern novel begins 'it all started when ...' or some variation of that, it can fuck right off. good guys kicks off in media res, and while there are flashbacks and a bit of exposi...

    So..I'm going 3 stars, though I really feel it's a 3.5 (I looked at the overall rating agglomerate and decided to rate it either 3 or four, in the direction of averaging to 3.5, and it's at 3.8 right now, so...3 stars). It's a very Brustian take on the urban fantasy, Dresden-files t...

    In a rare non-Vlad Taltos novel, Steven Brust drags the willing reader in to a world much like our own except that magic is available to a few people based on their genetics. At present there are two magic organizations in the world, both strive to keep magic underground, they just dif...

    When Donovan is shot nine times, four of those shots are lethal . . . but Donovan doesn?t die because The Foundation picked him up, brought him back, trained him. At fifteen, Marci levitated a paperweight and threw it at a guy she did not like. The Foundation scooped her up, too,...

    Urban fantasy is a new style for Mr. Brust and he tackles it with his usual skill and dry wit. When you work for a shadowy agency and know there another, similar but with different beliefs how do you know you're the good guys? ARE you the good guys? It's a hard question to answer. It a...

    2.5 stars, bumped up to three for a creative idea. I really wanted to like this book... But it just fell super flat for me and I was incredibly disappointed. It seemed like such a wasted opportunity to be something absolutely fantastic. It had potential to be something like The Hate...

    I really enjoyed The Good Guys by Steven Brust and highly recommend this book to all urban fantasy & secret history fans! This was a tightly constructed, spare novel with no wasted words. Very impressive! I especially enjoyed how Steven Brust managed POV in this book. I a...

  • Keary Birch
    Aug 15, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...

    3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust?s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald?s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don?t think anything that?s...

    Originally published at Reading Reality If you take Magic Ex Libris by Jim C. Hines SPI Files by Lisa Shearin, Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne Gilman, and mix them with a bit of cold war spy fiction and a heaping helping of noir, you?ll get something like Good Guys. ...

    So I feel it necessary to emphasize that I got an early copy via NetGalley. I think that perhaps the publisher should?ve waited until after another edit before making ARCs available. I must assume that the edited version to come out in March 2018 will have fixed many of the issues I ...

    It?s hard to separate multiple kinds of impressions of this book into a coherent review. Maybe from another author I?d think this was a promising four-star start with some rough edges, but from Brust it?s merely interesting with significant flaws. The context for the story was...

    If you want an author to carefully explain to you who his characters are and how they relate to each other, this is probably not the book for you. Donovan Longfellow and his team of two are North American investigators for the Foundation, a secretive group that split off from an even m...

    Not bad, but not great. I can't help but comparing this book to the Vlad Tatos books and having this fail spectacularly. The author has proven how well he can write fantasy and I urge him to go back to it. I enjoyed that the Foundation and the Mystics were pretty much the same with ...

    I've had people enthuse to me about Steven Brust more than once, but his main series is large and sprawling and not exactly my thing, and I've never found a point of entry to his work. When I saw this on Netgalley, a new series starter in a new genre for Brust, I thought I'd give it a ...

    This book was really good and definitely had me thinking throughout the entire story. I want to see what happens next with these characters as I don't feel that this is really finished. There were parts of the book that were confusing, but as the book went on, they didn't necessarily m...

    Awesome Very good book. A little over the top about how the protagonist views being black in the US, but otherwise a very good novel. ...

    Short enjoyable book about a small group of investigators looking into a murder. Good characterisation and character development with a great story. Read this. ...

  • Amanda Stark
    May 16, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...

    3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust?s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald?s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don?t think anything that?s...

    Originally published at Reading Reality If you take Magic Ex Libris by Jim C. Hines SPI Files by Lisa Shearin, Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne Gilman, and mix them with a bit of cold war spy fiction and a heaping helping of noir, you?ll get something like Good Guys. ...

    So I feel it necessary to emphasize that I got an early copy via NetGalley. I think that perhaps the publisher should?ve waited until after another edit before making ARCs available. I must assume that the edited version to come out in March 2018 will have fixed many of the issues I ...

    It?s hard to separate multiple kinds of impressions of this book into a coherent review. Maybe from another author I?d think this was a promising four-star start with some rough edges, but from Brust it?s merely interesting with significant flaws. The context for the story was...

    If you want an author to carefully explain to you who his characters are and how they relate to each other, this is probably not the book for you. Donovan Longfellow and his team of two are North American investigators for the Foundation, a secretive group that split off from an even m...

    Not bad, but not great. I can't help but comparing this book to the Vlad Tatos books and having this fail spectacularly. The author has proven how well he can write fantasy and I urge him to go back to it. I enjoyed that the Foundation and the Mystics were pretty much the same with ...

    I've had people enthuse to me about Steven Brust more than once, but his main series is large and sprawling and not exactly my thing, and I've never found a point of entry to his work. When I saw this on Netgalley, a new series starter in a new genre for Brust, I thought I'd give it a ...

    This book was really good and definitely had me thinking throughout the entire story. I want to see what happens next with these characters as I don't feel that this is really finished. There were parts of the book that were confusing, but as the book went on, they didn't necessarily m...

    Awesome Very good book. A little over the top about how the protagonist views being black in the US, but otherwise a very good novel. ...

    Short enjoyable book about a small group of investigators looking into a murder. Good characterisation and character development with a great story. Read this. ...

    I have been a fan of Brust's writing since High School. He is one of the few contemporary fiction authors that I read 30-35 years ago that I still read today. I have read nearly all his novels, and many of them more than once. But this one has a very different feel. This book is classi...

    Imaginative. Magic policemen who have to abide by budget constraints so sometimes have to take domestic flights rather than teleportation. The plot moved along thanks to magical coincidence, but the entertainment factor softened the shortfalls. ...

    I am by no means a Steven Brust "fan", but have read his work before and actually had the pleasure of meeting him at a signing event at my local bookstore. He was littlish, swore a lot, and wore a dirty cowboy hat. He sounds exactly like he writes, which is interesting. I picked The Su...

    *copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review* Good Guys is a new urban fantasy novel from Steven Brust. Brust is the author of the long running Jhereg fantasy series. Urban fantasy is, thus, a slight departure for him, but I?m happy to report that it? a rather fun read, and one...

    What it's about: Magic exists, and it's up to the "good guys" to keep the world from finding out. But one of the operative groups is wondering if they're actually working for the right side. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that there's more going on than meets the eye. Wh...

    A big thank-you to Raincoast Books and Tor Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. Although I enjoyed this book, I felt a little mislead by the synopsis. Maybe I read it wrong, but I thought it was going to be dealing with a team of super-powered...

    To be honest, my first reaction after reading this book was surprise while reading through all of the positive reviews of this book. I thought it was okay, nothing particularly break through in the fantasy or crime genres. I thought this was a first time novel by the author ? what I...

    my new way for judging if a book is worth sticking with is whether or not it trusts you as a reader. if a modern novel begins 'it all started when ...' or some variation of that, it can fuck right off. good guys kicks off in media res, and while there are flashbacks and a bit of exposi...

    So..I'm going 3 stars, though I really feel it's a 3.5 (I looked at the overall rating agglomerate and decided to rate it either 3 or four, in the direction of averaging to 3.5, and it's at 3.8 right now, so...3 stars). It's a very Brustian take on the urban fantasy, Dresden-files t...

    In a rare non-Vlad Taltos novel, Steven Brust drags the willing reader in to a world much like our own except that magic is available to a few people based on their genetics. At present there are two magic organizations in the world, both strive to keep magic underground, they just dif...

    When Donovan is shot nine times, four of those shots are lethal . . . but Donovan doesn?t die because The Foundation picked him up, brought him back, trained him. At fifteen, Marci levitated a paperweight and threw it at a guy she did not like. The Foundation scooped her up, too,...

    Urban fantasy is a new style for Mr. Brust and he tackles it with his usual skill and dry wit. When you work for a shadowy agency and know there another, similar but with different beliefs how do you know you're the good guys? ARE you the good guys? It's a hard question to answer. It a...

    2.5 stars, bumped up to three for a creative idea. I really wanted to like this book... But it just fell super flat for me and I was incredibly disappointed. It seemed like such a wasted opportunity to be something absolutely fantastic. It had potential to be something like The Hate...

  • Nick Spacek
    Apr 13, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...

    3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust?s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald?s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don?t think anything that?s...

    Originally published at Reading Reality If you take Magic Ex Libris by Jim C. Hines SPI Files by Lisa Shearin, Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne Gilman, and mix them with a bit of cold war spy fiction and a heaping helping of noir, you?ll get something like Good Guys. ...

    So I feel it necessary to emphasize that I got an early copy via NetGalley. I think that perhaps the publisher should?ve waited until after another edit before making ARCs available. I must assume that the edited version to come out in March 2018 will have fixed many of the issues I ...

    It?s hard to separate multiple kinds of impressions of this book into a coherent review. Maybe from another author I?d think this was a promising four-star start with some rough edges, but from Brust it?s merely interesting with significant flaws. The context for the story was...

    If you want an author to carefully explain to you who his characters are and how they relate to each other, this is probably not the book for you. Donovan Longfellow and his team of two are North American investigators for the Foundation, a secretive group that split off from an even m...

    Not bad, but not great. I can't help but comparing this book to the Vlad Tatos books and having this fail spectacularly. The author has proven how well he can write fantasy and I urge him to go back to it. I enjoyed that the Foundation and the Mystics were pretty much the same with ...

    I've had people enthuse to me about Steven Brust more than once, but his main series is large and sprawling and not exactly my thing, and I've never found a point of entry to his work. When I saw this on Netgalley, a new series starter in a new genre for Brust, I thought I'd give it a ...

    This book was really good and definitely had me thinking throughout the entire story. I want to see what happens next with these characters as I don't feel that this is really finished. There were parts of the book that were confusing, but as the book went on, they didn't necessarily m...

    Awesome Very good book. A little over the top about how the protagonist views being black in the US, but otherwise a very good novel. ...

    Short enjoyable book about a small group of investigators looking into a murder. Good characterisation and character development with a great story. Read this. ...

    I have been a fan of Brust's writing since High School. He is one of the few contemporary fiction authors that I read 30-35 years ago that I still read today. I have read nearly all his novels, and many of them more than once. But this one has a very different feel. This book is classi...

    Imaginative. Magic policemen who have to abide by budget constraints so sometimes have to take domestic flights rather than teleportation. The plot moved along thanks to magical coincidence, but the entertainment factor softened the shortfalls. ...

    I am by no means a Steven Brust "fan", but have read his work before and actually had the pleasure of meeting him at a signing event at my local bookstore. He was littlish, swore a lot, and wore a dirty cowboy hat. He sounds exactly like he writes, which is interesting. I picked The Su...

    *copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review* Good Guys is a new urban fantasy novel from Steven Brust. Brust is the author of the long running Jhereg fantasy series. Urban fantasy is, thus, a slight departure for him, but I?m happy to report that it? a rather fun read, and one...

    What it's about: Magic exists, and it's up to the "good guys" to keep the world from finding out. But one of the operative groups is wondering if they're actually working for the right side. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that there's more going on than meets the eye. Wh...

    A big thank-you to Raincoast Books and Tor Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. Although I enjoyed this book, I felt a little mislead by the synopsis. Maybe I read it wrong, but I thought it was going to be dealing with a team of super-powered...

    To be honest, my first reaction after reading this book was surprise while reading through all of the positive reviews of this book. I thought it was okay, nothing particularly break through in the fantasy or crime genres. I thought this was a first time novel by the author ? what I...

    my new way for judging if a book is worth sticking with is whether or not it trusts you as a reader. if a modern novel begins 'it all started when ...' or some variation of that, it can fuck right off. good guys kicks off in media res, and while there are flashbacks and a bit of exposi...

  • Melissa Jane
    Jun 17, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...

    3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust?s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald?s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don?t think anything that?s...

    Originally published at Reading Reality If you take Magic Ex Libris by Jim C. Hines SPI Files by Lisa Shearin, Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne Gilman, and mix them with a bit of cold war spy fiction and a heaping helping of noir, you?ll get something like Good Guys. ...

    So I feel it necessary to emphasize that I got an early copy via NetGalley. I think that perhaps the publisher should?ve waited until after another edit before making ARCs available. I must assume that the edited version to come out in March 2018 will have fixed many of the issues I ...

    It?s hard to separate multiple kinds of impressions of this book into a coherent review. Maybe from another author I?d think this was a promising four-star start with some rough edges, but from Brust it?s merely interesting with significant flaws. The context for the story was...

    If you want an author to carefully explain to you who his characters are and how they relate to each other, this is probably not the book for you. Donovan Longfellow and his team of two are North American investigators for the Foundation, a secretive group that split off from an even m...

    Not bad, but not great. I can't help but comparing this book to the Vlad Tatos books and having this fail spectacularly. The author has proven how well he can write fantasy and I urge him to go back to it. I enjoyed that the Foundation and the Mystics were pretty much the same with ...

  • Keith  Blodgett
    Mar 19, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...

    3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust?s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald?s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don?t think anything that?s...

    Originally published at Reading Reality If you take Magic Ex Libris by Jim C. Hines SPI Files by Lisa Shearin, Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne Gilman, and mix them with a bit of cold war spy fiction and a heaping helping of noir, you?ll get something like Good Guys. ...

    So I feel it necessary to emphasize that I got an early copy via NetGalley. I think that perhaps the publisher should?ve waited until after another edit before making ARCs available. I must assume that the edited version to come out in March 2018 will have fixed many of the issues I ...

    It?s hard to separate multiple kinds of impressions of this book into a coherent review. Maybe from another author I?d think this was a promising four-star start with some rough edges, but from Brust it?s merely interesting with significant flaws. The context for the story was...

    If you want an author to carefully explain to you who his characters are and how they relate to each other, this is probably not the book for you. Donovan Longfellow and his team of two are North American investigators for the Foundation, a secretive group that split off from an even m...

    Not bad, but not great. I can't help but comparing this book to the Vlad Tatos books and having this fail spectacularly. The author has proven how well he can write fantasy and I urge him to go back to it. I enjoyed that the Foundation and the Mystics were pretty much the same with ...

    I've had people enthuse to me about Steven Brust more than once, but his main series is large and sprawling and not exactly my thing, and I've never found a point of entry to his work. When I saw this on Netgalley, a new series starter in a new genre for Brust, I thought I'd give it a ...

    This book was really good and definitely had me thinking throughout the entire story. I want to see what happens next with these characters as I don't feel that this is really finished. There were parts of the book that were confusing, but as the book went on, they didn't necessarily m...

    Awesome Very good book. A little over the top about how the protagonist views being black in the US, but otherwise a very good novel. ...

    Short enjoyable book about a small group of investigators looking into a murder. Good characterisation and character development with a great story. Read this. ...

    I have been a fan of Brust's writing since High School. He is one of the few contemporary fiction authors that I read 30-35 years ago that I still read today. I have read nearly all his novels, and many of them more than once. But this one has a very different feel. This book is classi...

    Imaginative. Magic policemen who have to abide by budget constraints so sometimes have to take domestic flights rather than teleportation. The plot moved along thanks to magical coincidence, but the entertainment factor softened the shortfalls. ...

    I am by no means a Steven Brust "fan", but have read his work before and actually had the pleasure of meeting him at a signing event at my local bookstore. He was littlish, swore a lot, and wore a dirty cowboy hat. He sounds exactly like he writes, which is interesting. I picked The Su...

    *copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review* Good Guys is a new urban fantasy novel from Steven Brust. Brust is the author of the long running Jhereg fantasy series. Urban fantasy is, thus, a slight departure for him, but I?m happy to report that it? a rather fun read, and one...

    What it's about: Magic exists, and it's up to the "good guys" to keep the world from finding out. But one of the operative groups is wondering if they're actually working for the right side. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that there's more going on than meets the eye. Wh...

    A big thank-you to Raincoast Books and Tor Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. Although I enjoyed this book, I felt a little mislead by the synopsis. Maybe I read it wrong, but I thought it was going to be dealing with a team of super-powered...

    To be honest, my first reaction after reading this book was surprise while reading through all of the positive reviews of this book. I thought it was okay, nothing particularly break through in the fantasy or crime genres. I thought this was a first time novel by the author ? what I...

    my new way for judging if a book is worth sticking with is whether or not it trusts you as a reader. if a modern novel begins 'it all started when ...' or some variation of that, it can fuck right off. good guys kicks off in media res, and while there are flashbacks and a bit of exposi...

    So..I'm going 3 stars, though I really feel it's a 3.5 (I looked at the overall rating agglomerate and decided to rate it either 3 or four, in the direction of averaging to 3.5, and it's at 3.8 right now, so...3 stars). It's a very Brustian take on the urban fantasy, Dresden-files t...

    In a rare non-Vlad Taltos novel, Steven Brust drags the willing reader in to a world much like our own except that magic is available to a few people based on their genetics. At present there are two magic organizations in the world, both strive to keep magic underground, they just dif...

    When Donovan is shot nine times, four of those shots are lethal . . . but Donovan doesn?t die because The Foundation picked him up, brought him back, trained him. At fifteen, Marci levitated a paperweight and threw it at a guy she did not like. The Foundation scooped her up, too,...

    Urban fantasy is a new style for Mr. Brust and he tackles it with his usual skill and dry wit. When you work for a shadowy agency and know there another, similar but with different beliefs how do you know you're the good guys? ARE you the good guys? It's a hard question to answer. It a...

  • Karl Griffin
    May 02, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...

    3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust?s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald?s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don?t think anything that?s...

    Originally published at Reading Reality If you take Magic Ex Libris by Jim C. Hines SPI Files by Lisa Shearin, Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne Gilman, and mix them with a bit of cold war spy fiction and a heaping helping of noir, you?ll get something like Good Guys. ...

    So I feel it necessary to emphasize that I got an early copy via NetGalley. I think that perhaps the publisher should?ve waited until after another edit before making ARCs available. I must assume that the edited version to come out in March 2018 will have fixed many of the issues I ...

    It?s hard to separate multiple kinds of impressions of this book into a coherent review. Maybe from another author I?d think this was a promising four-star start with some rough edges, but from Brust it?s merely interesting with significant flaws. The context for the story was...

    If you want an author to carefully explain to you who his characters are and how they relate to each other, this is probably not the book for you. Donovan Longfellow and his team of two are North American investigators for the Foundation, a secretive group that split off from an even m...

    Not bad, but not great. I can't help but comparing this book to the Vlad Tatos books and having this fail spectacularly. The author has proven how well he can write fantasy and I urge him to go back to it. I enjoyed that the Foundation and the Mystics were pretty much the same with ...

    I've had people enthuse to me about Steven Brust more than once, but his main series is large and sprawling and not exactly my thing, and I've never found a point of entry to his work. When I saw this on Netgalley, a new series starter in a new genre for Brust, I thought I'd give it a ...

    This book was really good and definitely had me thinking throughout the entire story. I want to see what happens next with these characters as I don't feel that this is really finished. There were parts of the book that were confusing, but as the book went on, they didn't necessarily m...

    Awesome Very good book. A little over the top about how the protagonist views being black in the US, but otherwise a very good novel. ...

  • Kate Stone
    May 13, 2018

    Fairly light UF superhero fiction with traditional powers, relics, and mystery. Of course, it's fueled by quasi-governmental agencies and assassinations that may or may not be justified, but the real joy in the novel comes from the mystery. Murder. Increasingly interesting a...

    Thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan - Tor/Forge for the galley. Definitely 4.5 stars. Okay, this was so very, very good! I've been trying to figure out how to begin reading some of the Steven Brust books but there are so many my head would just spin around whenever I tried to decide ...

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Good Guys is an urban fantasy take by Steven Brust, author of the Vlad Taltos fantasy series; it is light, fast-paced, and readable in the vein of other detective focused UF out there. Unfortunately, I didn?t find this Brust novel as interesting...

    Meh. A decent read, but I expect more from Brust. This one felt as if it could have used more work in the planning stage. I agree with the many people who said "too many points of view." Also too many convenient links between the characters. I did like the idea of the two ...

    Steven Brust's "Good Guys" is a mashup of the private investigation fantasy subgenre, a subgenre that is right in my wheelhouse. Brust is an old pro, the author of the famous "Vlad Taltos" novels, who has published 30 novels. He knows how to write. This book has a cool sort of vibe, ki...

    3.75 stars. A very quick read, somewhat reminiscent of Brust?s early Vlad Taltos books - slightly hard boiled. Also dialogue, rather than description, heavy - like Gregory McDonald?s Fletch (but decidedly less constant humor). Enjoyable enough, but I don?t think anything that?s...

    Originally published at Reading Reality If you take Magic Ex Libris by Jim C. Hines SPI Files by Lisa Shearin, Paranormal Scene Investigations by Laura Anne Gilman, and mix them with a bit of cold war spy fiction and a heaping helping of noir, you?ll get something like Good Guys. ...

    So I feel it necessary to emphasize that I got an early copy via NetGalley. I think that perhaps the publisher should?ve waited until after another edit before making ARCs available. I must assume that the edited version to come out in March 2018 will have fixed many of the issues I ...

    It?s hard to separate multiple kinds of impressions of this book into a coherent review. Maybe from another author I?d think this was a promising four-star start with some rough edges, but from Brust it?s merely interesting with significant flaws. The context for the story was...