Has anyone read it? O:
I read it once a few years back when it first came out, got it pre-ordered actually, and read it again a couple days ago to re-confirm my opinion on it.
I think it put fantastic insight into Kane's character, especially the latter half.
This contains SPOILERS, so if you haven't read it and don't want to be spoiled, please don't read any further. I would love to discuss it in detail for people who have read it, and what they thought of it.
I did have a couple of problems with it, mostly because of what we were told about Kane's childhood from the fire on TV, whereas in the book, we were told something else, that being that he spent his childhood locked in Paul Bearer's basement but instead, he is placed in foster care, so I had to decide what I thought of that particular issue from what we've been told. Other than that, nothing else bothered me.
I really liked the whole Kane/Katie Vick story, and it makes a lot more sense and is really depressing. The second part of the book, covering Kane's debut, is amazing. I especially loved the idea of Paul giving Kane a lot of drug-induced shakes and reactions, and how this coincided with his "unplanned" attack of other wrestlers and his vendetta with 'Taker. It covered a lot of ground, in my opinion.
The curse... I love the fact that it wasn't real, honestly. Blaming Kane's family situation and tragedies on a curse would be a bit too far-fetched to me, so I'm glad it all turned out to be a made-up story by Paul, and I can't explain the feelings that went through me and how I cheered when he finally told Paul where to go.
Speaking of feelings, I actually cried a little at his whole situation with Magarette. That was very, very hard to read. Child abuse is something I've dealt with myself, so it was hard to sift through, but it only helped to create the Kane we know and love, so I'm all for it. Plus, I thought that was definitely part of his character - whether or not you consider the book canon or not, all Kane has struggled with and fought so hard to escape, he had to have been mistreated in more ways than one down the line, and for years, I suspected his character had some sort of post-childhood abuse condition that helped to create why he does the things he does, not just the fire.
Oh. That last line? POWERFUL. I had legitimate shivers at that part.