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Rencor: Life in Grudge City

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Ciudad Rencor (aka 'Grudge City')-the cross-cultural border mecca of wrestling and lucha libre - sees its streets bathed in blood after a bizarre museum robbery and hysterical reports of living mummies on the loose. It's now up to the unlikely team of the city's most noble t�cnico El Victor and its most notorious rudo El Mil Calaveras to stop pounding on each other, put as ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published June 17th 2016 by From Parts Unknown Publications
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Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The nitty-gritty: A big, raucous tale of masked wrestlers and crime fighters, steeped in family tradition, with all the humor you'd expect from Matt Wallace.

“You don’t know anything about being a villain. You’re just a bad guy.”

I’m a huge fan of Matt Wallace’s Sin du Jour series, so when the author asked me if I’d like to read his latest from Mexican wrestling pop culture purveyors From Parts Unknown, my answer was an immediate “Hell yes!” Even though the story revolves around two rival fami

Roberto Garcia
I’m a big hardcore fan of Matt Wallace, but I did not like this book… maybe because I’m Mexican and just like lucha libre once in a while when tourists come visit and ask to go; or maybe because is not just good enough.
Very weak story and characters and it’s not fun or interesting; big disappointment and a little waste of time... sorry.
Rene Sears
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rencor is a town on the border of the US and Mexico, where the masked vigilante superheroes and villains are also lucha libre wrestlers. El Victor, a former good guy wrestler--tecnico--and his nemesis Cal, a villain wrestler--rudo--have to join forces after a series of bizarre crimes sweeps Rencor. I'm not sure what exactly I was expecting from this book--besides an entertaining story, which I've come to expect from Matt Wallace--but what I got was an very enjoyable buddy-cop type story as Vic ...more
Matthew Marchitto
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In Grudge City, the rudos are supervillains and the técnicos are superheroes. El Victor was once Rencor’s Superman, and El Calaveras was its Lex Luthor. Now, a decade after their ultimate showdown, they have to team up to solve a crime.

I loved this book. It has an honest gusto. Both characters are larger than life, and their backstories are a good chunk of the book's setup, but it’s done in a way where it enhances the main plot rather than detract from it.

When Calaveras and Victor meet for the
Adam Windsor
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Former arch-rivals of the wrestling ring are forced to work together to track down what may be a genuine (pre-)Mayan Mummy, back from the dead.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable bit of lucha libre-themed silliness, clearly taking a lot of inspiration from the careers of wrestling stars such as El Santo, which is let down only by the ending. Or lack thereof. It's possible to start a potential series while still delivering a complete initial story, but unfortunately Wallace hasn't really done that.
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read a ton of books in my life. Everything from dense historical classics and biographies to cheesey, pulpy horror, fantasy and sci-fi...and a little of everything in between. I suppose I'm probably not alone when it comes to that, at least amongst folks using this website.

That being said, I have never once read a book like this. Its fantastic mix of so many fun, yet familiar themes it can't help but feel cinematic.

Essentially, it's part noir detective novel, part b-movie creature feature,
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a fast, fun read for anyone who is a fan of Mexican lucha libre. The author loves the world and history of lucha and has constructed an alternate universe in which masked wrestlers have long fought crime side by side with the cops like real-life superheroes - while the lucha villains, or rudos, became supervillains - a kind of lucha noir that draws from the film careers of famous luchadors like Santo and Blue Demon. In Ciudad Rencor (literally "City of Grudges") , a township between the ...more
David Goode
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From Parts Unknown hits another home-run.Rencor:Life in Grudge City by Matt Wallace is a perfect companion piece to Christa Faust's Hoodtown.Received it from Amazon 4 days ago and have read it twice since.I'm a huge fan of masked wrestler flicks a.k.a Mexiluchahero movies and this book had me hooked within the first few pages.Imagine a world where everything you ever saw in Santo,Blue Demon and Mil Mascaras movies was real.I do wish it had more illustrations by Jesse Justice though.But that's no ...more
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I had no idea what this book would be like, but trusted Mr. Wallace's ability to tell an entertaining story.

This story was great fun. I know very little about luchadores, and I loved the idea of them having been crime fighters. With the villain and the hero reluctantly teaming up to solve a crime, what could be better?

The book ends with a wide opening to continue the story, and I am hopeful we will see (at least) a book two.
Philip Berghan-Whyman
I wanted to enjoy this, but I just couldn't get into it. Gave up around chapter 5.
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