Mona Lisa Overdrive (Sprawl, #3)
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Mona Lisa Overdrive (Sprawl #3)

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Mona Lisa Overdrive
Mass Market Paperback, 308 pages
Published December 1989 by Bantam Spectra (first published 1988)
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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
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...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...more
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,...more
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,...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...more
The_britguy
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...more
Michael
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
Kate
Nov 29, 2008 Kate rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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 -...more
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...more
Mitchell
Taking a break from the Booker Prize 2011 Challenge with some classic science fiction. William Gibson, incidentally, comes up with the most awesome titles.

Mona Lisa Overdrive is a more direct sequel to Count Zero than Count Zero was to Neuromancer. It picks up several years later, following a number of different characters, the most important of whom is probably Angela Mitchell – the gifted teenager rescued from a mesa arcology in Arizona in Count Zero, who has subsequently become a world-famous...more
David
William Gibson's "Mona Lisa Overdrive" is a decent ending to the Sprawl Trilogy he started with Neuromancer. Gibson makes a good attempt at keeping these books separate enough that a reader might be able to read them independently (there's a lot of in-book time between the events in each book, knowledge of returning characters isn't necessary to understand what's going on, and the summaries of previous events are detailed enough to let readers know where things are coming from). But, though it's...more
Paul Boger
Like "Count Five," MLO feels overstuffed with characters and plot strands, leading to several flat set-pieces and tired dialogue. One less protagonist, and one less sub-plot, would help, as the trilogy ends with a whimper, not a boom. A good "beach read" for cyberpunk fans, but not enough tension or character development for anyone else, proceeding more like a graphic novel than a thriller.
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).
Jenny (Reading Envy)
The last in the Sprawl Trilogy, and I'm not sure this would mean as much as a standalone read. Mostly action, and a surprising ending.
Chris Ellis
almost unputdownable - I read the other two novels on this series out of order staring with Count Zero in 1991 and following with Neuromancer in 1996, and even though I don't recall the details of either, this book stood on its own. It also loosed some memories of those previous reads, which were just a little over my head back then. This seemed very coherent and understandable compared to those previous works.

The setting (near future), with its mixture of rich and poor, tech users and tech doer...more
Armineh Nouri
William Gibson is a wonderfully talented writer with amazing philosophical insight into the technological evolution of our species. It's a shame that like so many other writers of our time, he can't seem to finish a single chapter without mentioning boobies or prostitutes, and the most sophisticated psychological impulse he can come up with for his villainette is good old female jealousy. If he could lay off these cliches a bit, he'd be one of my all-time favorites, but I can't say I haven't enj...more
Gary
Hmm, I'm wavering here between 3 and 4 stars.

Gibson writes attractively. His ideas and some of the images and vistas he creates are extraordinary and all of that is on show here. And it's all just so damn cool.

However, the plot of this book is plain hard to follow. The text is dense and demands concentration. There are 4 parallel narratives and a cast of thousands (many of whom have odd and obscure names that are hard to remember). It also requires the reader to recall details of the previous...more
Jeff
It's really rewarding to watch Gibson's writing improve through "the Sprawl trilogy." That title is a funny misnomer because the books are character-driven rather than focused on environment, as with a lot of good and bad SF (the titular locale only appears as a setting part of the time, the best of the action and world-building unfolds in South America, Europe, outer orbit, and cyberspace). Also, the third book is a direct sequel to the second, while both are only tangentially tied to the first...more
Rebekah
Really this is not new for him, but it has been a while since I read some of his work. This time I experienced Mona Lisa Overdrive. The story jumps between about 4 or 5 folks and they slowly coalesce to a single plot. A plot that mirrors the drug induced state of some of his characters. The future ideal of sensory immersion was interesting. I don’t know if I ever really understood some of the biosoft and microsoft technologies, but then again I think some of it was meant to just be understood as...more
David
This is the final book in Gibson's "Sprawl Trilogy," taking place fifteen years after "Neuromancer" and eight years after "Count Zero." As with the other books in the trilogy, it features three interconnected plot lines and sets of characters that join up near the end. "Mona Lisa Overdrive" includes characters from its two predecessors and nicely ties up the trilogy, while leaving a lot up to interpretation.

By the time I read this book, I felt familiar with Gibson's prose. His style can be a bit...more
Paul
When I started reading William Gibson's novels and short stories, I did not realize that they were component parts of larger stories. When I read Count Zero, for example, I did not realize it was part of the Sprawl trilogy, along with Neuromancer and Mona Lisa Overdrive, or that All Tomorrow's Parties was part of the Bridge trilogy, along with Virtual Light and Idoru. So I read them all out of order, and when I'd see references to the Sprawl (the domed concentration of Eastern Seaboard cities) o...more
Lindsay
Nov 20, 2008 Lindsay rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: people who loved Neuromancer
I wasn't certain when I started this book that it was the third in a trilogy, of which I'd read the first but not the second part, so that contributed to my being a bit confused. I also think the book's structure does it no favors in terms of accessibility, since there are a ton of characters, all in different parts of the world doing very different things, seeming to inhabit entirely different social and technological universes, so switching POVs every chapter among these very disparate charact...more
Nicholas Karpuk
I can't tell if I'm too stupid to read William Gibson, or if he doesn't spend enough time explaining his cyberpunk universe.

At least with this book I can fall back on the world I was already introduced to in "Neuromancer", so some of the burden of keeping up with his story is lightened. Neuromancer was both really exciting and incredibly obnoxious because Gibson rarely stops to fully explain the jargon and weirdness of his near-future world. His stories seem to be trying to very strictly maintai...more
Carlo
In una Terra oramai ridotta a una pattumiera, vive una società basata sull’avidità e sulla la corruzione, dove è netta la separazione tra chi ha e chi non ha. Su questo sfondo sconsolante, si snodano quattro storie, due con personaggi appartenenti alla prima categoria e due alla seconda: da una parte, la figlia di un boss mafioso giapponese in trasferta a Londra (il segmento meno interessante) e Angie, una diva del simstim, equivalente futuristico della televisione in cui, però, si può ‘entrare’...more
holy_fire
Sep 04, 2008 holy_fire rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone who likes Cyberpunk and William Gibson
the final book in the Sprawl-trilogy reunites us with Molly Millions and other characters from the previous two books...

short plot description: set after the events in "Count Zero" we follow several seemingly unrelated plots. Kumiko Yanaka is the daughter of a yakuza boss and send to London to get her out of harms way. There she meets an older Molly Millions who is blackmailed into kidnapping Angie Mitchell, now a famous SimStim-star with a drug problem. Slick Henry is a convicted criminal-turne...more
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...more
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