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Mona Lisa Overdrive (Sprawl #3)

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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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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
Mar 28, 2016 Carmen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sci-Fi Fans
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
Feb 08, 2016 Darwin8u rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
“The world hadn’t ever had so many moving parts or so few labels.”
― William Gibson, Mona Lisa Overdrive


There is something about Gibson that keeps me coming back. Part of it is how, like PKD, he seems to always have a sense of what is around the next two corners. Not just the objects. No. The textures and smells and ambiguities too. It is like Gibson doesn't just have foresight, he has foresmell and foretaste. Anyway, even with that, this wasn't his best book and not in the strong half of the Sp
Ian "Marvin" Graye
Ghost in the Machine

I'd had this unit on the shelf for a while. I'd used earlier versions to jack into the matrix twice, once only recently, and enjoyed the experience. It was time I did it again.

The first two times, the matrix seemed to be all order and accord. I suppose all the chaos was on the outside. Each time I jacked in, I escaped the chaos and found some serenity inside for a while.

This time, though, something had changed. The Shape had changed. Or something had changed it. Maybe, even,
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
Sep 29, 2014 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
‘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
Jan 09, 2009 Brooke rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, 2009
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
May 17, 2016 Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And this is where it has taken us. Again, we have a new assortment of characters (the Yakuza boss' daughter; the robot-builder psychologically damaged by his prison time; the girl from the wrong side of the tracks), plus a few who seem oddly familiar, all caught up in seemingly disparate events that eventually begin to overlap. Again, the world is effortlessly cool (although the characters themselves, this time, are very much not; or at least not as effortlessly stylish as Case or Molly or the C ...more
Alexander McNabb
Nov 19, 2012 Alexander McNabb rated it it was amazing
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
Kat  Hooper
Oct 19, 2011 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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
Salman Mehedy Titas
Curious name - 'Mona Lisa Overdrive'. The name has nothing to do with the painting, but it's a nice name. Catchy. The kind of name that makes you think - "What kind of a name is that? I have to read this!" So I guess that's a win for the marketing sector.

Mona Lisa Overdrive is the sequel to both Neuromancer and Count Zero. Concepts introduced and threads left dangling from both books are dealt in this one, favourite characters make an appearance, and the story is so much better than Count Zero.
Jan 29, 2012 Brad rated it liked it
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,
Aug 28, 2008 Dale rated it liked it
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,
Anthony Ryan
Dec 23, 2014 Anthony Ryan rated it it was amazing
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
Гибсон прекрасен! Великий провидец и мастер загадок! А сюжет держит в напряжении до последнего момента, читать интересно :). Но... Обилие колоритных персонажей утомляет; сюжетная линия слишком рваная и запутанная. Да и мир близкого цифрового будущего не сильно оптимистичен...

И главное: первые две книги трилогии киберпространства ("Нейромант" и "Граф Ноль") я читал лет 10-15 назад. Тогда они произвели на меня сильное впечатление. А вот сейчас "Мона Лиза" - нет :( . Хотя, знающие люди советуют чи
Leo Walsh
Feb 10, 2016 Leo Walsh rated it really liked it
Okay, it took me thirty years to complete the Sprawl Trilogy after starting it, but I'm glad I did. Since "Mona Lisa Overdrive" is excellent -- almost as good as the brilliant "Neuromancer."

"Mona Lisa" takes place almost a decade after "Count Zero" in the narrative frame. In it Gibson brings back many characters from the previous two books. Bobby Newmark and Angie Mitchell are back, fallen out of love. As is the creepy Lady 3Jane... albeit in a less-than complete form. Best of all, the coolest
"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
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
Apr 18, 2013 S. rated it it was ok
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
-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
Μιτς Γιωτίξ
Mar 08, 2016 Μιτς Γιωτίξ rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A nice ending for the trilogy, although I expected it to be a bit more "cyberpunky"
Chris Packham
Jun 22, 2012 Chris Packham rated it it was amazing
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).
Thomas Strömquist
Mona Lisa Overdrive concludes the original and defining cyberpunk trilogy by William Gibson. The books can be read stand alone, but I certainly recommend to read all three and in order. Only second to "Hitch-Hiker's Guide" when it comes to essential sci-fi.
Chris Ingalls
Mar 19, 2015 Chris Ingalls rated it liked it
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
Jun 22, 2010 Matt rated it really liked it
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
Feb 26, 2011 Mike rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Yes, that's not a mistake, I gave "Mona Lisa Overdrive" a full "5.0" when I left "Count Zero" at a theoretical smidge below (but used the "4" in goodreads stars). That's not because (as I explained in the "CZ" review) "Count Zero" was not good, it just didn't surpass "Neuromancer". Subjective as charged, but that's my version and my review :-)

I remember being surprised at how Gibson extended the "world" of his world with this book and being impressed by that. The writing stayed crisp, precise an
Nov 29, 2008 Kate rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 08, 2012 Donovan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, thriller
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
Jan 27, 2013 Ben rated it it was amazing
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
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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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