Earthlight, 2002 - 553 pages
Taking place in the kaleidoscopic future of Ian McDonald's DESOLATION ROAD, ARES EXPRESS is set on a terraformed Mars where fusion-powered locomotives run along the network of rails that is the planet's circulatory system and artificial intelligences reconfigure reality billions of times each second. One young woman, Sweetness Octave Glorious-Honeybun Asiim 12th, becomes the person upon whom the future - or futures - of Mars depends.
Big, picaresque, funny; taking the Mars of Ray Bradbury and the more recent, terraformed Marses of authors such as Kim Stanley Robinson and Greg Bear, ARES EXPRESS is a wild and woolly magic-realist SF novel, featuring lots of bizarre philosophies, strange, mind-stretching ideas and trains as big as city blocks.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - suzemo - LibraryThing
Desolation Road was about a town. Ares Express is about a person. I hate to talk about another book too much in a review, but these books are very similar, and Ares is a quasi-sequel. It’s not ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - reading_fox - LibraryThing
Not really impressed. Steampunk is a bit difficult to take seriously as it is, adding a farce comic layer over the top doesn't work very well. The basic set-up was interesting, but it quickly ... Read full review