Rencor: Life in Grudge City
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...more
Very weak story and characters and it’s not fun or interesting; big disappointment and a little waste of time... sorry.
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 ...more
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.
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, ...more
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.