This is a good, if a little strange, novel. But shoot anything with Mammoths is awesome. It’s true the Mammoths on Mars idea doesn’t quite click for me. There is also the fact that Baxter trusts the reader enough not to spell out everything. Additionally, the story is more in the tradition of Chaucer (without the naughty bits) – think “Nun’s Priest’s Tale” or the stories of Reynard.