I had high expectations of this book, having seen Nic Roeg's film ages ago and always admired it.
The book brings little new to the table. It's very very short and yet I found it easy to put down and not pick up again.
What was spare and haunting about the film, seems simply dull or repetitive in the book.
I usually love this kind of near-future scifi where visionaries such as Philip K Dick and Arthur C Clarke give us a glimpse of their own personal futures - sometimes uncannily like the real things - but the 'patents' which Newton brings to Earth with him in this book seem a bit cranky and sometimes laughable, as they have been so surpassed by reality. I would not criticise the book for this alone, if it were more compelling, but Roeg's film carefully left out the details of the patents and that was a very wise move.
Comparisons with the film are inevitable I suppose, which is a little unfair, but this is not the visionary work I had hoped it would be. That being said, it has some nice ideas and is well written - it just feels more old fashioned than some scifi that predates it by decades.