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The Nature of Balance

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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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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
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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
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
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
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
Charles Dee Mitchell
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
William M.
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
Jackie Primo
I couldn't put it down, I was hooked from the beginning. Another great novel by Lebbon.
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.
Horror book with great build-up, but no pay off, i.e. crappy ending.
Beautifully written, interesting. Definitely liked it.
Kevin Gallan
i enjoyed this book very much
Gizmatic Cantor
Love Tim Lebbon!!!
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I love writing, reading, triathlon, real ale, chocolate, good movies, occasional bad movies, and cake.

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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