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The Nature of Balance

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  190 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
One morning, the world does not wake up. People lie dead in their beds, killed by their own nightmares. They're lucky. For the few remaining survivors, the new world is a confusing, terrifying place. Things are different now. The balance of nature has shifted. Mankind is no longer the dominant species -- it is an intruder, something to be removed, destroyed by an Earth ben ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 395 pages
Published October 28th 2001 by Leisure Books (first published October 2001)
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Feb 02, 2010 Michael rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
My feeling is pretty luke warm, to grossed out, as it usually is with these Leisure Horror books. I mean, maybe it's the huge font they use in their paperbacks, or the ugly photoshopped covers, but I can't take them seriously. Or maybe it's the tendency of these books to have promising premises, and fair to moderate character development and writing, but then devolve into fantasy mystery mumbo jumbo.

Lebbon's book isn't horrible, in fact a lot of his character development reminds me of Stephen Ki
Tod rated it it was amazing
Jan 11, 2008
Joseph Mcgee
Joseph Mcgee rated it liked it
Jan 15, 2008
Robert Beveridge
Jan 22, 2008 Robert Beveridge rated it liked it
Shelves: finished, cle-pub-lib
Tim Lebbon, The Nature of Balance (Leisure Books, 2001)

It's interesting that horror has made a comeback in the American bookselling business these days, the same way it did in the eighties. (And the same way it will again twenty years from now.) Often, cycles of something being popular and unpopular are blamed on a fickle public. Those of us in the business of media manipulation through the creation of art know better. Without going into the details, let's just say that the more popular somethin
Kelly rated it really liked it
Oct 01, 2008
Amanda rated it liked it
Mar 05, 2011
William M.
Jun 28, 2011 William M. rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
I enjoyed this book, my first experience with Tim Lebbon. It took a while to get into the story, but it was interesting enough for me to finish it. The big problems were the lack of character development and the overwritten style of his descriptions. He takes a full page to describe what should be only be a paragraph. By doing this, I constantly got pulled out of the story. What brought me back? The villian. I love a powerful antagonist that seems on track to conquer our hero, and this novel mad ...more
This was a slow starter for me. I actually had to force myself to keep reading, I am not one to readily put a book down unless it was absolutley horrid. I have also had books, that take forever for me to get into. This was partially the case.
While it isn't a book I would re-read, it was deffinatly an interesting read. I mean you have to wonder, how would people react if they couldn't sleep? If the ones they held dear to them suddenly died, with no explination what so ever. It wouldn't be an easy
Karen rated it it was ok
May 10, 2012
Luke Walker
Luke Walker rated it really liked it
May 19, 2014
Charles Dee Mitchell
Dec 17, 2012 Charles Dee Mitchell rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
I felt like I was reading a horror movie, and as a result it was taking too long.

Lebbon creates the disorientation of a world where most of the population has died -- horribly -- in their sleep. And that sleep is the enemy is perfectly captured in a scene where a woman comforts a sobbing child who has lost his family. She strokes his head, he dozes off, his head collapses in on itself.

There is a predictably mismatched band of survivors, who while contending with flesh eating farm animals find t
Scott Brouette
Scott Brouette rated it really liked it
Dec 27, 2012
Sep 06, 2013 Zina rated it it was amazing
I read this book when I was thirteen and then didn't sleep for a week because I was so frightened to close my eyes. This book was everything I didn't know I wanted and at the last readthrough, I was still in chills because of that scene with the (potentially flesh-eating) cows and their bloody mouths. God. I don't think I'm ever going to get over this book entirely and I'm honestly okay with that.
Aaron Boyer
Aaron Boyer rated it it was ok
Dec 22, 2013
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Dec 27, 2013
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Jan 19, 2016 Nick rated it it was ok
I found this book to not very interesting, it has weird supernatural things happening and odd characters that are never fully explained.
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Jun 30, 2015
Jul 25, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing
Seemingly overnight, nature revolts against humans, most of whom die inexplicably while they sleep, bodies crushed horribly by unseen forces, and those that survive are left to deal with a world gone mad. And the remaining denizens, both plant and animals are mutating in deadly ways.

Blane doesn't know about his past, and his love of nature is questioned in this horrific new world he's woken to. He's banded with a few survivors from a nearby village, and they desperately try to seek answers to th
Richard Barber
I need to start this off with a caveat and an explanation. Tim is a stunning writer, but for me this isn't quite up there with the best. It may just be that my head wasn't in the right place to engage with the story (I'm really busy at the moment so I pecked at this book which couldn't have helped) but I never really got drawn into the narrative. The opening is suitably intriguing, and the basic premise is certainly interesting, but it took too long for me to get the characters straight in my he ...more
Mar 25, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
This was a book that I had to force myself to keep reading. I like the idea of nature revolting, but I've read books where this idea has been executed so much better.

I suppose my main issue with the book was that it really moved very slowly. I almost felt like I was wading through sticky mud to get to the interesting parts. This book, ok - nothing special.

This book is a very difficult one for me to review.... On one hand, it was beautifully written, had intense characters, and the concept of "Nature" rebelling against the treatment of humans over time. On the other hand, the story was one I had to force myself to keep coming back to. I believe this was mostly because the tale was paced so slowly, and while we know what is happening--as well as part of the "why"--the journey the characters embarked on just didn't seem to really go anywhere.

Aug 03, 2016 Jay rated it liked it
The Nature of Balance by Tim Lebbon was received direct from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Tim Lebbon is one of the true masters of modern horror. This book, as others have stated, has its moments of horror and those moments are good, but far between. The reader is then pulled down in minutiae about the characters, what they are thinking, blah blah. Some love this in novels, though I dont know. I was detracted me from the story, hoping it would quickly return to the book of hor ...more
Aug 06, 2016 Kelsey rated it liked it
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Lilyn G. (Scifi and Scary)
I tried. I really, really tried. But it's just one of those books where the writing style did absolutely nothing for me.
Sep 05, 2016 Fiona rated it liked it
A good - if weird - read. It doesn't take long to get into the story, and I did like the gradual increase of tension and horror. Beautifully written, too, as Lebbon's work usually is!
However, there was an awful lot of aimless story - most of the middle 60% - which caused it to lag an awful lot. With my "to read" pile getting taller by the hour, it's hard to pull myself back to something when it starts to drag, or lose it's point.
That said, there's a lot to recommend a good quick horror read, es
Andy Phillips
Sep 18, 2016 Andy Phillips rated it liked it
This book isn't terrible but I had to force myself to finish it. It starts off well with an interesting idea of everyone asleep simultaneously being killed in a rather messy fashion, and a group of survivors trying to figure out what to do. These characters are mostly believable and the writing style is good.

The negatives are mainly associated with the supernatural elements to the story, which I found more ridiculous than scary. The end of the book in particular is awful, in my opinion.

Not a bad
Anita rated it liked it
Sep 25, 2016
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I was born in London in 1969, lived in Devon until I was eight, and the next twenty years were spent in Newport. My wife Tracey and I then did a Good Thing and moved back to the country, and we now live in the little village of Goytre in Monmouthshire with our kids Ellie and Daniel. And our dog,
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