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Our Kingdom of Dust

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  23 reviews
"Our Kingdom of Dust" is the new novel from Leonard Kinsey, bestselling author of "The Dark Side of Disney."

Man-child Blaine McKinnon is brilliant, wealthy, and completely alone. After an emotional breakdown, Blaine starts a new life at the only place he was ever truly happy: Walt Disney World. But he soon finds that just below the surface of his childhood paradise lies a
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 14th 2012 by Bamboo Forest Publishing (first published April 30th 2012)
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NaTaya Hastings
I recently read this book, and it was really hard for me to put it down. I really liked it. At first, I was afraid I wasn't going to be able to get into it -- the whole computer tech company, successful businessman stuff just did not appeal to me. But the moment the protagonist found his dead dog hanging from a tree with its intestines spilled onto the ground, the story immediately got darker and sucked me in
Jan 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disney, fantasy, fiction, usa
I'm always a bit wary when books offer a darker Disney experience. I love Disney and it tends to annoy me when people slag it off or don't understand the magic. But I need not have worried because underneath the masterbating and the drugs, you can tell Kinsey is a Disney fan.

Blaine is a multi-millionaire whose life is on the skid. He decides to head to the one place he used to feel happy as a kid, Walt Disney World. He books an indefinite stay at The Beach Club and proceeds to get very drunk
May 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: disney
Kinsey's writing is not going to win him any awards, but I still found his first work of fiction thoroughly enjoyable. In a way, it's fan fiction for the Disney parks, but with the same irreverence he brought to The Dark Side of Disney. His characters and story were compelling enough, but what I was really drawn to was the sense of place he created. Kinsey obviously knows WDW like the back of his hand, and gave the book an authenticity that was probably its greatest charm. Interestingly enough, ...more
May 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Leonard Kinsey, the scourge of Walt Disney World follows up his wildly successful Dark Side of Disney with his first foray into fiction, OUR KINGDOM OF DUST. He does not disappoint all those who've come to embrace his alt-Disney passion. Take the realities of his DSoD travel guide and sprinkle some Disney magic and illusion all over and and you get OUR KINGDOM OF DUST.

To be fair, Kinsey is not a professionally trained writer and it shows. Yet, he is still able to craft an engaging story built ar
Tammy Hastings
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads-wins
I received a copy of this book through First Reads Giveaways.

*may contain spoilers*

I really loved this book. Honestly. I just LOVED it. I read it in a little over a day. It is dark and disturbing and chilling. It is also incredibly heartbreaking. I was constantly torn between loathing the main character, pitying him, and rooting for him, hoping he'd succeed. Poor guy. He was pissed on continually. There is just nothing that he did or wanted that worked out well for him. It was quite heartening f
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ok, so an edgy story set at Disney ... I was always going to love this book. After reading The Dark Side of Disney I was really interested to see how he fared with his first novel. For me it really worked, brutal and shocking in places this is definately not a kids book but for anyone who loves Disney this book is a must. For anyone who doesn't I think it's still enjoyable but the references and backdrops to the story were the icing (or dust ;) ) on the cake as it were.

A pretty short book but d
Richard Kelly
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I like reading novels that take place in Disney World because it makes me feel less obsessed since I didn't write it. But, then I realize that I actively sought out a novel that has the setting of a Disney park and that pride goes away.

For someone who wrote a guide book for Walt Disney World, this book is very down on the Disney company as a whole. As much as I enjoyed the story and his first book, this one is very preachy as far as the author's opinion of the direction of Walt Disney World.

Jarrid Crespo
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book surprised me in many ways. First off, Walt Disney World itself wasn't the main focus of the story, but the backdrop...the "magic" of Walt Disney World (or lack thereof, depending on what school of thought you come from) is what really gets a main character badge here. Because of this, the story is actually accessible to folks who don't know Disney as well as some of us Disney Geeks.

Secondly, as an ex-Cast Member, I was taken aback (in a good way) by the characters in this story. The ma
Wayne Franklin
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Our Kingdom of Dust tells the story of a cadre of mostly lovable losers tripping through the dark underbelly of the Magic Kingdom. Kinsey chooses to unspool his story from the point-of-view of his well-intentioned, but often misguided and always foul-mouthed protagonist. This choice may disguise from the reader the cleverness of the author himself. At times, Kinsey's own voice seems to break through the emotionally stunted personality of his protagonist, giving us a glimpse of that clever wit. N ...more
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a fast, fun read with quirky, interesting characters and a quirky, interesting story to go along with them.

There is a lot of exposition, telling the reader what happened in the MC's life before the story really begins, the character himself explaining about his life and issues. When the action starts, it is interesting and well done. And when we reach the climax, it seems like it has been pretty fast. There is an epilogue, but to me the last several chapters all felt like an epilogue o
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mousejunkies
Shelves: disney, fiction, a-own
Ok I should first say that this is a very quick read with little character development and a very direct plot. It's a self published work, so I can forgive the few grammatical errors and places where an editor would have been of assistance. It is crude, with a plot revolving around sex, drugs, violence, and foul language. It's not a great work of literature by a long shot. That being said, I gave it 4 stars because it takes place at Walt Disney World and the author goes into great detail about t ...more
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? I am obsessed with Disney. I had to read this to satisfy my curiosity. It was so off the wall, I couldn't stop reading it.
Abigail Earle
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic, fun and extremely we'll written! I read the whole thing in one sitting!
John Lynch
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, this was a delightful book. I am not going to reveal too much, but despite the tragedies and trials of Blaine McKinnon, he learns a lot about life within a matter of a few weeks than he had in his whole life prior. If you are a major fan of Walt Disney World and the Disney brand, I suggest this based on the references and tidbits scattered throughout the protagonist's adventures through the Vacation Kingdom and in the surrounding murky swamplands of Central Florida. I'd also recommend this t ...more
Heather Leblanc
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fun read!!! It takes place with characters from the world of Walt Disney's public relations and without being at all disrespectful to the man himself, manages to weave a dark, comedic plot with funny characters. It's like those novels in which we dare to poke fun of our family members but still go on loving them--with WDW being the family.

Don't be mistaken--this is not a family read unless you are all as dysfunctional, warped, and accepting of foul language as the characters portrayed.
Timothy Bixler
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice read

The story itself reminds you of a Kubrick film. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I recommend it if you enjoy Disney fan fiction.
Amber Plaisance
May 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: stopped-reading
This is not a book for me. I stopped reading at chapter seven and then I couldn't even LOOK at the book anymore. It is about a whiney man child who happens to make it big in the computer repair industry. He loses his parents and best friends. Goes to Disney to reconnect where he acts like an even bigger whiney man baby. Not my thing.
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ibook
Just finished the book. Read it in one sitting. Have to say that I was a bit apprehensive to read this book, mixing my favorite thing in the world, Disney and a dark story. Gotta say that Kisney comes through big time. A real interesting read and the perfect mix of fiction with the Disney parks was great. I'll be reviewing the book in further detail at
May 20, 2013 rated it liked it
As a fan of Leonard Kinsey, I applaud his fiction (or not?) attempt. Though not always strong writing, it was crazy, a bit morbid, and highly entertaining. Well worth the whopping $2.99 for the eBook certainly! And if he wrote another, I'd buy it to!
Jeff Heimbuch
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Straight from my quote on the cover:

"Our Kingdom Of Dust is a fantastic and wonderfully written debut novel from Leonard Kinsey. A powerful narrative with some of the weirdest characters you'll ever meet... like a Palahniuk novel high on Pixie Dust."
Nov 15, 2013 marked it as to-read
Enjoyed The Dark Side of Disney & picked this up cheap for the Kindle.
May 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Loved it. Except the part about the turkey legs, that's BS.
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Leonard Kinsey was born and raised in Clearwater, FL, and was lucky enough to visit Walt Disney World over 100 times by age 18. As an adult he still harbors an unhealthy obsession with The Mouse, has acquired a large collection of vintage EPCOT Center memorabilia, and visits WDW at least once a year, maintaining connections throughout the rest of the year with Cast Members and other Orlando-based ...more