Mona Lisa Overdrive

Mona Lisa Overdrive alternate cover edition ISBN Into the cyber hip world of William Gibson comes Mona a young girl with a murky past and an uncertain future whose life is on a collision course with intern

  • Title: Mona Lisa Overdrive
  • Author: William Gibson
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  • Page: 310
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  • Mona Lisa Overdrive

    alternate cover edition ISBN 10 0586207473 Into the cyber hip world of William Gibson comes Mona, a young girl with a murky past and an uncertain future whose life is on a collision course with internationally famous Sense Net star Angie Mitchell Since childhood, Angie has been able to tap into cyberspace without a computer Now, from inside cyberspace, a kidnapping plalternate cover edition ISBN 10 0586207473 Into the cyber hip world of William Gibson comes Mona, a young girl with a murky past and an uncertain future whose life is on a collision course with internationally famous Sense Net star Angie Mitchell Since childhood, Angie has been able to tap into cyberspace without a computer Now, from inside cyberspace, a kidnapping plot is masterminded by a phantom entity who has plans for Mona, Angie, and all humanity, plans that cannot be controlledor even known And behind the intrigue lurks the shadowy Yakuza, the powerful Japanese underworld, whose leaders ruthlessly manipulate people and events to suit their own purposes An over the top thrill ride sequel to Neuromancer and Count Zero.

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    1. 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 goA quick look back:I said in my review of Count Z [...]

    2. Carmen

      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 [...]

    3. 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.

    4. Darwin8u

      “The world hadn’t ever had so many moving parts or so few labels.” ― William Gibson, Mona Lisa OverdriveThere 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 o [...]

    5. 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.Full ReviewI'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, but [...]

    6. Ian "Marvin" Graye

      Ghost in the MachineI'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, [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. 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 plo [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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 [...]

    11. 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 [...]

    12. KatHooper

      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 [...]

    13. 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, [...]

    14. Joseph

      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 [...]

    15. 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. [...]

    16. 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. This tim [...]

    17. 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, [...]

    18. Mike

      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 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 and at his [...]

    19. 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 [...]

    20. 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'tt 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 policy and en [...]

    21. Thom

      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 [...]

    22. Esteban

      Un poco decepcionante. Como en Conde Cero el envión narrativo está relegado en favor de la ambientación. En cambio, Mona Lisa Acelerada no aprovecha las premisas especulativas de su predecesora, y el final parece precipitado. Da la impresión de que en este caso las tendencias barrocas de Gibson asfixiaron tanto la tensión como la resolución.

    23. Leo Walsh

      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 fem [...]

    24. 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 [...]

    25. 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 fo [...]

    26. Kim

      A teen prostitute named Mona could be the twin of simstim star Angela Mitchell. Kumiko, daughter of a Yakuza boss, is shuffled off to the protection of the London mob while her father deals with a gang war, and there she meets Molly Millions in hiding and using the name Sally Shears. Angela Mitchell, altered by her father to be able to enter cyberspace without having to jack in is the subject of an abduction plot, replacing her with Mona. Bobby Newmark is in a coma. Called Count, he's permanentl [...]

    27. 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 [...]

    28. 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).

    29. G.T. Almasi

      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.

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