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Mona Lisa Overdrive (Sprawl #3)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  21,901 ratings  ·  459 reviews
William Gibson, author of the extraordinary multiaward-winning novel Neuromancer, has written his most brilliant and thrilling work to date... The Mona Lisa Overdrive.Enter Gibson's unique world - lyric and mechanical, erotic and violent, sobering and exciting - where multinational corporations and high tech outlaws vie for power, traveling into the computer-generated univ ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 308 pages
Published December 1989 by Bantam Spectra (first published 1988)
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Clouds

Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my FINISHING THE SERIES! list.

I loves me a good series! But I'm terrible for starting a new series before finishing my last - so this reading list is all about trying to close out those series I've got on the go...

A quick look back:
I said in my review of Count
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Carmen
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sci-Fi Fans
Recommended to Carmen by: Derek In Real Life
William Gibson's "conclusion" to the Sprawl trilogy. Conclusion is in quotes because it's a loose trilogy.

Gibson does what he does best in this novel: takes three different story arcs and weaves them together into a wonderful story that comes together neatly in the end.

Kumiko is a young teenager who is the daughter of a powerful yakuza. She's sent to England to hide from her father's enemies, with only a "ghost," given to her by her father, to keep her company. The "ghost" is really an AI unit t
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Tfitoby
A much more accessible version of Gibson's cyberpunk stylings, Mona Lisa Overdrive is a pretty straight forward espionage thriller in comparison to what came before, and as such I found it that much more enjoyable.

Instead of technical information and a sentient AI point of view or endless discussions about what makes us human, the effects of technology on society and freewill we're treated to the lives of four characters in sequential chapters whose lives are on a fateful collision course plotte
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Oscar
‘Mona Lisa acelerada’ cierra la trilogía cyberpunk The Sprawl, que se inició con ‘Neuromante’ y continuó con ‘Conde Cero’. La historia tiene lugar ocho años después de lo acaecido en ‘Conde Cero’ y, como suele ser habitual con William Gibson, la novela la conforman varias líneas argumentales que convergen al final.

Por un lado tenemos a Kumiko, una niña japonesa enviada a Londres por su padre, un jefe de la yakuza, para protegerla. En Londres, hará amistad con Sally Shears, una extraña mujer que
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Brooke
Mona Lisa Overdrive is the third book in Gibson's Sprawl trilogy, and it's the most fully-realized of the three. The plots of Neuromancer and Count Zero followed the same pattern, and Count Zero really only served as a bridge between the first and third books. Mona Lisa Overdrive flips back and forth between four subplots which weave together nicely, both with each other and with the previous two books. The characters start to matter a little more and feel more like real people than 2D plot-pupp ...more
Ben Babcock
It’s common to accuse a writer of writing the same thing over again. In many cases this merely means the writer sticks to variations on a theme. Sometimes, though, it feels like each novel is another installment in an iterative process designed to get at a central idea. As I continue to read William Gibson’s novels, I continue to get a better idea of the novel he is trying to write. Mona Lisa Overdrive mixes the legacy of the previous two Sprawl books with a corporate espionage–fuelled plot wort ...more
Alexander McNabb
If Neuromancer was debut brilliance, Count Zero was a continuation that lacked the punch of the first in the Sprawl trilogy, yet still packed enough crowd pleasing swagger to make it a top class read (with, perhaps, the lack of purpose that greatness demands).

In hindsight, this is perhaps the way a great trilogy should go, because one's expectations are set perhaps a tad lower by the time you get to Mona Lisa Overdrive. So you're nicely set up for the rabbit punch when it comes.

Gibson has broug
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Anthony Ryan
The conclusion to the Sprawl trilogy sees the welcome return of Molly Millions, the kick-ass mercenary from Nueromancer. Gibson crafts a multi-stranded narrative fusing such disparate elements as modern art and voodoo into a typically energetic plot. but, as ever with Gibson, there is brain food to be found amongst the killer robot sculptures and Yakuza warlords. The dangers of unfettered artificial intelligence and the human implications of perfected virtual reality are to the fore here; is it ...more
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

In Mona Lisa Overdrive, the third and final novel in William Gibson’s Sprawl trilogy, it’s been seven years since Angie Mitchell (from Count Zero) was taken out of Maas Biolabs and now she’s a famous simstim star who’s trying to break her designer drug habit. But a jealous Lady 3Jane plans to kidnap Angie and replace her with a cheap prostitute named Mona Lisa who’s addicted to stimulants and happens to look like Angie.

In a dilapidated section of New Jerse
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Brad
This review was written in the late nineties (for my eyes only), and it was buried in amongst my things until recently when I uncovered the journal in which it was written. I have transcribed it verbatim from all those years ago (although square brackets may indicate some additional information for the sake of readability or some sort of commentary from now). This is one of my lost reviews.

It all comes together. Fifteen years after Molly, Case and Armitage crash the Tessier-Ashpool party, SJane,
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Dale
So my friend John commented that, given the fact that I was "currently reading" Mona Lisa Overdrive and had Count Zero marked as "to read", it seemed like I was reading the trilogy backwards. To which my only response is "Trilo-what-now?"

The edition of MLO that I read is the exact same one as the cover scan in the GoodReads database. Yes, I know, it's too small to make out any small details. So you'll have to trust me when I say that there is no indication on either the front cover, back cover,
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T4ncr3d1
"Continuity stava scrivendo un libro. Robin Lanier gliene aveva parlato, e lei aveva chiesto di che argomento trattasse. Lui le aveva risposto che non trattava proprio di un argomento particolare. Il libro si avvolgeva su se stesso e cambiava in continuazione: Continuity lo scriveva perennemente. Lei gli chiese il perché, ma Robin aveva già perso ogni interesse: perché Continuity era un'IA, e si sa che le IA fanno cose strane."

Il migliore della Trilogia dello Sprawl, e sorprendentemente (e forse
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Jesús Redondo Menéndez
Después del placer que me supuso leer "Neuromancer", y "Count Zero", de este mismo autor, no pude evitar sumergirme en la lectura de más obras del género cyberpunk... Tras ese itinerario me sumergí en la lectura de este libro, que pertenece (en el número 3) a la llamada "Trilogía del Sprawl", donde Gibson aprovecha algunos personajes y partes de la trama para seguir tejiendo sus historias.
Más allá de las implicaciones que el feminismo puede ver en la obra (el propio autor ha hecho apología de es
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S.
only for Neuromancer fanatics, the hazy sunday afternoon tone-piece to neuromancer's absolutist frenetic friday night. set in a somewhat cloudy london after ww3, the speed, tempo, and temperature of the prose is cool/calm rather than cool/hyper and low-key compared to the hyper-velocity and intensity of the originating work. author plays with some of the characters established in neuromancer (and famously lost artistic control over the name 'molly millions' so character goes by 'sally shears') s ...more
Olethros
-Cerrando el círculo, pero ni sin fisuras ni herméticamente.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. Kumiko es una joven japonesa hija de un yakuza que debe trasladarse temporalmente a Londres por su propia seguridad, al cuidado de un asociado de su padre, y que posee una consola Maas-Neotek desde la que se manifiesta la imagen de un muchacho llamado Colin. Slick Henry es un artista industrial y alternativo al borde de la indigencia y con problemas psíquicos al que un delincuente encarga el c
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Chris Packham
My favorite line in this book: "Kid Africa came cruising into Dog Solitude on the third day of November, his vintage Dodge chauffeured by a white girl named Cherry Chesterfield." It was the opening of the second or third chapter, and a huge reassurance that it was going to be a cool book. Also, I had to read this book so bad when it came out that I wrote a bad check for it (I was 19).
Chris Ingalls
Liked it, didn’t love it. Gibson’s “Neuromancer” has been on my to-read list for years, mainly because I’ve heard so many good things about it. My sci-fi tastes tend to veer more towards the “classic” authors, like Asimov and Bradbury. This is not deliberate – I just haven’t made a concerted effort to dive into the works of contemporary sci-fi/fantasy authors, with one exception: Joe Haldeman (I loved “Camouflage” and thought “The Accidental Time Machine” was pretty good).

I skipped “Neuromancer
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Matt
Jun 22, 2010 Matt rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Cyberpunk fans, people interested in strong female chars in sci-fi
"Mona Lisa Overdrive," the third novel in William Gibson's critically acclaimed Sprawl trilogy, is a compelling and thought-provoking read full of great action and the typical trippy cyberspace romps that readers became accustomed to in Gibson's first two novels.

Set seven years after "Count Zero," the second book in the trilogy, "Mona Lisa Overdrive" follows four different story lines that, much like is the case in "Count Zero" interlock towards the end. A handful of characters from the first tw
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Kate
Nov 29, 2008 Kate rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: sf
The Count returns! It’s a fantastic ending to the trilogy. Angie – the girl with the ability to mentally connect to the internet – is back. As is Sally or Molly as she’s known in Neuromancer. New characters come in – Kukimo – a young, Japanese girl; and Mona – a young American junkie. There’s the damaged Slick Henry who builds fabulous, huge automatons to exorcise his demons. The plot is fun – 3Jane is jealous of Angie – now an international simstim star – and plans to kill her and replace her w ...more
Donovan
If you have read the first two books of The Sprawl series (Neuromancer, Count Zero) then you must read this as it wraps everything up nicely. I feel it is necessary to read the first two novels for this to make sense as Mona Lisa Overdrive references these and the book is already full of Gibson's well known multiple plot lines without throwing in references outside of the book - it ould just do your head in. I feel this is the best of the three books due to the way it wraps things up. It is full ...more
Ben
The sum total and conclusion of the Sprawl Trilogy. If you've read one, I would say read to the end. My original understanding, before reading, was that the Sprawl Trilogy was more loosely connected and had more to do with certain themes and the occasional crossover of characters. This is a gross over-simplification at best and a flat out lie at the least. This final chapter in the trilogy manages to bring all the stories together as hinted at the end of Count Zero. In a fine fashion Gibson demo ...more
Bondama
This is the book that started it all, folks --- Gibson virtually invented Cyber-Punk and, together with Bruce Sterling, Steam Punk.

This is one of the most important, unforgettable books I've ever, ever encountered. Worth at least three re-readings. It's the very, very best of what science or speculative fiction should be - thought provoking, grateful to its predecessors (Phillip K. Dick, etc.) and imminently readable. I would recommend this book even to people who never go near sci-fi - truly -
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jjonas
A tired conclusion of a trilogy that began so well.

After reading the original Neuromancer, which I liked, I expected more of the same from the sequels, Count Zero and this one. However, already CZ was a slight disappointment, though it was still ok. With Mona Lisa Overdrive I already felt that it really should have been better to be worth the effort.

I'm rating book as the last part of the trilogy, because even though I guess it could be read on its own, I'm not sure what the point would be. Anyw
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Gavin Smith
Mona Lisa Overdrive suffers from similar faults to those I've found in some of William Gibson's other works. The story sets up an interesting premise with interesting characters and then mostly just spins its wheels until finally settling on a fairly unsatisfying conclusion. The novel is broken into chapters covering different groups of characters all on a path to find each other and always shifts group with each chapter break. Sometimes this kind of structure can add pace and momentum to a stor ...more
Jason
Mar 06, 2015 Jason rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: William Gibson fans, cyberpunk fans
I have read “Neuromancer” and “Count Zero” and I consider myself a fan of William Gibson’s. I decided it was time to dig into the third and final book of his cyberpunk “Sprawl trilogy”.


SUMMARY
Like the previous two books, a number of separate stories, each with their own viewpoint character, converge over the course of the novel.

Kumiko is the teenage daughter of a Yakuza crime boss in Japan. She is sent away to London during a gang war, where she meets (and is protected by a woman named Sally She
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Nathanial
I think one of the greatest things about Gibson's writing and especially this book is the sense of incompleteness. Not of the story of the book. I've been unsatisfied with how a story ends, feeling left in the middle, and this is not that. Rather, it's the sense that we've only seen just a little bit of what goes on in the world, what motivates the characters, etc., but also the sense that there IS more there, waiting to be told. I can imagine this being very frustrating, but it leaves space for ...more
Brion O'quigley
Copyright 1988... Gibson is truly a grandmaster of cyberpunk. It's been a good many years since I read Neuromancer and yet I immediately recognized the re-appearance of two protagonists when they showed up in Mona Lisa Overdrive. His style was also immediately obvious, introducing a lot of contrasting characters early on and their emotional arc developing throughout the novel. I thoroughly enjoyed being re-immersed in the universe he created (albeit dystopian), it was almost a cinematic experien ...more
Leonardo Etcheto
Second or third read through, and it is amazing how many images and ideas had stayed in my head from this book without my remembering this is where they came from(just a vague recollection that it was from a Gibson book). Great book that as always with William Gibson has very interesting characters that seem normal but have something extraordinary. They are often damaged personalities, but intensely focused because of it. They have a drive and purpose, which makes them special. One of the fascin ...more
Duncan Mandel
SUMMARY:
William Gibson, author of the extraordinary multiaward-winning novel Neuromancer, has written his most brilliant and thrilling work to date . . .The Mona Lisa Overdrive. Enter Gibson's unique world--lyric and mechanical, erotic and violent, sobering and exciting--where multinational corporations and high tech outlaws vie for power, traveling into the computer-generated universe known as cyberspace. Into this world comes Mona, a young girl with a murky past and an uncertain future whose l
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Purity Anddeath
While not quite as all-around strong as Neuromancer, I feel both Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive flew along faster to the tune of their own successes since the settings and backstory were already in place. That's exactly how people should write when they continue a series.

Lots of crazy stuff is going on in the wake of Wintermute. While Neuromancer had the mystery plot going for it these were sort of the mystery having an identity crisis and...Well shit, I guess we all just gotta keep moving f
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William Ford Gibson is an American-Canadian writer who has been called the father of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction, having coined the term cyberspace in 1982 and popularized it in his first novel, Neuromancer(1984), which has sold more than 6.5 million copies wor
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Sprawl (4 books)
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