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Mona Lisa (Sprawl #3)

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Uluslararası üne sahip Sense / Net'in yıldızı Angie Mitchell çocukluğundan beri bilgisayar yardımı olmaksızın siberuzaya girebilmektedir. Bu dünyada, geçmişi ve geleceği karanlıklar içinde olan Mona adlı kızla yaşamları kesişir. Ancak siberuzayda insan kaçırabilen hayali bir varlık Mona, Mitchell, hatta tüm insanlık hakkında kötülükler planlamaktadır. Ve bu entrikaların ge ...more
334 pages
Published 2004 by Altın Kitaplar (first published 1988)
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Liz I wouldn't recommend it. It might be possible, but MLO will be much easier to understand if you've read "Neuromancer" (which itself is a trying book…moreI wouldn't recommend it. It might be possible, but MLO will be much easier to understand if you've read "Neuromancer" (which itself is a trying book to decipher). You'll also appreciate a lot of the references and characters far more. (less)
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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
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Graeme Rodaughan
One of the later books of Gibson that I read. It left me with the fundamental idea of warring corporations and states on the wane that still lives with me now.
Darwin8u
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
“The world hadn’t ever had so many moving parts or so few labels.”
― William Gibson, Mona Lisa Overdrive

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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
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Rob
Executive Summary: I've owned this book for years, and for some reason never picked it up and read it. Thankfully I participated in a "Secret Santa" book thing of sorts, and someone out there finally got me to read it.

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I've always been more of a Snow Crash person than a Neuromancer person. I found it the easier read, and enjoyed the lighter nature/faster pace of the story. It took me quite a few years to circle back and read Count Zero and later Burning Chrome. I enjoyed them all, bu
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Ian "Marvin" Grayejoy
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,
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Tfitoby
May 21, 2011 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
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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
Brooke
Jan 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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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Joseph
May 11, 2016 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
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.
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Kat  Hooper
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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Megan Baxter
I think I actually read the three books that are all in this universe in order, although Count Zero was long enough ago that I remember very little of it, except that I liked it. Neuromancer I've always had a difficult relationship with - it just persists in keeping me at arms length. I get the story, I get the characters. I just don't...get it. Why it's so hugely popular. I don't dislike it, I'm just sort of baffled.

Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads
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Anthony Ryan
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Thom
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-series
Somewhat better than the second book, takes the standalone elements of the previous two books and combines them. Originally read in the 80s, I didn't recall these books set so far apart in time. Part heist, part thriller - good characters, great ending!

This series defined cyberpunk, and while that concept was mostly a dream while the author pecked out the first novel on a manual typewriter, it was much closer to reality in 1988. The same year this novel came out, an adventure video game was rele
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Dale
Aug 26, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Leo Walsh
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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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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Liz
A beautiful book.

Not as exciting as "Neuromancer," but absolutely on par in terms of atmosphere and characters. There are sections of narration that I enjoy reading just on their own, like Kumiko's dreams about the neon cranes "sailing the moonscape of her mother's madness," and especially Mona's "silver walks." It's also great to see Molly and the Finn (in a sense) again, and the way Gibson develops his returning characters fifteen or so years after "Neuromancer" is done fantastically.

Pardon i
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Sergei_kalinin
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
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Chris Packham
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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).
G.T. Almasi
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's how I take in the Sprawl stories:

Step 1: Read the book.
Step 2: Wind up entranced yet totally confused.
Step 3: Read someone else's synopsis of the book to figure out what the heck happened.

I guess this means I think Gibson is a crappy story-teller, but his prose is so cool and his fantastic concepts have influenced so many things I like that I still think he's great.
Μιτς Γιωτίξ
A nice ending for the trilogy, although I expected it to be a bit more "cyberpunky"
Gray
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2017-reads
“The Angie stims were sealed in plastic. She took one at random, slit the wrapper with her thumbnail, slotted it, and put the trodes on. She wasn’t thinking; her hands seemed to know what to do, […]. One of them touched PLAY and she slid into the Angie-world, pure as any drug, slow saxophone and limo-glide through some European city, ...” (p.143)

The third book in William Gibson’s Sprawl trilogy, Mona Lisa Overdrive continues the story of Angie Mitchell, one of the characters from the second book
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Donovan
Feb 08, 2012 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
Matt
Jun 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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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