So Im a good 100 some-odd pages into the book (I got a late start reading it...). So far I've found this story much more interesting than The Shining, which is not one of my top SK novels. I don't hate The Shining or anything, I just never could get into it that much. Doctor Sleep, however, total opposite. I am really loving it. I also dig SK's writing style more now than then (i.e. 11/22/63, Joyland, Under the Dome, etc). Hey, it's all about personal preference I suppose.Anyhow.. at the point where Dan hops on a bus, I am trying to figure out what year this is taking place. All I knew was that the "cowboy President" had taken the keys to the White House from the "sax playing President". So, Im thinking... ok, this could be anywhere from 2000- 2009... and Im getting a little perturbed not knowing when the story was set. Then... around page 100... I find out exactly when it's set.... to the day. So the way the gears in my mind start spinning, Im thinking where I was that day... and of course, it occured to me... in the Keystone World... the character Stephen King had just released a novel called Black House. Same day. Trippy connection, eh.Also, Id like to point out, SK hit the nail on the head describing the struggles that alcoholics go through when they want to quit. Ive been there myself, and I can relate to Dan. Seeing a beer ad on tv, which prompts you to go get lit. Walking into a liquor store, and walking out empty handed after an internal battle with your conscience. The feeling of waking up sober, and being able to appreciate how wonderful the feeling is, bc of how hideous daily hangovers are. Ive been dry for a while now, and it was wonderful reading about Dan, bc SK really nailed the struggle of the alcoholic perfectly. Non alcoholics may not understand or appreciate that aspect of Dan, but SK's portrayl of the struggling alkie is real.