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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra; Reissue edition (February 6, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553281747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553281743
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 controlled...or 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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Gibson burst upon the scene in 1984 with Neuromancer, a revolutionary, innovative novel that not only gathered up just about every award in the SF field, but also virtually invented a new sub-genre, which has come to be called "cyberpunk." He followed it with Count Zero , set in the same neon-lit, over-urbanized, polluted, high-tech future; an even better novel, it was necessarily not as breathtakingly unfamiliar and inventive as the first. This new novel completes the series, following the lives of some of the characters from the previous books (Bobby Newmark, Count Zero himself, is here) as well as many new ones, particularly Angie Mitchell, star of simstims and idol of millions, who is intuitively sensitive to cyberspace and the vodun deities that are its manifestations. Told in a gorgeous, highly compressedalmost poeticstyle that requires the reader's attention and intelligence, this very satisfying novel can stand on its own. Major ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

William Gibson was born in the United States in 1948. In 1972 he moved to Vancouver, Canada, after four years spent in Toronto. He is married with two children.

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Third book in the trilogy.
Robert Ellis re@elliscpa.us
Gibson truly is a great writer, and Mona Lisa Overdrive is his masterpiece.
Jacob Hoberg
The third book in William Gibson's Neuromancer cyberpunk trilogy.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Ken Miller on December 16, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First: read NEUROMANCER, and COUNT ZERO, also by Gibson. Then: read MONA LISA OVERDRIVE. Read the three books in that order, and without reading other books intermittently. Actually, consider them one large novel. This will increase your comprehension and enjoyment of these books, which have come to be called The Sprawl Trilogy.
MLO mainly follows the same pattern as COUNT ZERO. Several different characters are notable: Bobby Newmark, aka Count Zero, who is jacked into cyberspace. Kumiko, daughter of a Yakuza, supposedly protected in London. Sally Shears, aka Molly, who may attempt to kill or kidnap Angie Mitchell, a star of Internet simulation programs, and various other bit players. Of course there is Mona, an illegitimate human, since she exists without an ID number in the digital age. Mona is almost a street person, a nonentity, but she looks much like Angie Mitchell. Sinister persons have plans for Mona and Angie: they plot (apparently) to kidnap one and kill the other. Cyberspace cowboys, Yakuza, Londoner thugs, and weird freakish types populate the plot, with The Finn from COUNT ZERO playing a minor role in this novel as well. Gibson, as always, manages to make the various plots converge at the end.
Gibson's world is futuristic, both fantastic and somewhat scientifically plausible, dystopic and frightening. London is trapped in a time warp. Japan is shiny and ultra-modern. Cleveland is a dump. The Sprawl is forbidding, amazing, huge, and imposing. Cyberspace is where everyone wants to be. In MONA LISA OVERDRIVE, he mainly succeeds at delivering his vision and an entertaining plot. Kudos to Gibson for creating this amazing fictional universe; this is his forte. I found the novel's ending somewhat confusing and unsatisfying. Don't let me dissuade you! MONA LISA OVERDRIVE is a fine novel and a successful conclusion to The Sprawl Trilogy; however, if you're new to Gibson, start with BURNING CHROME (short stories) or NEUROMANCER.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M Eager on January 21, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The third in the Sprawl trilogy, I'd really recommend reading this but preferably if you've read Neuromancer and Count Zero first. It's an awesome book, but without the background knowledge from the two previous books it could be a struggle. The imagery Gibson concocts for us is exquisite, from the neon and chrome plated Sprawl, to the urban junkyard of the Factory, the dilapidated future London stuck in a time warp and of course the wonders of Gibson's Cyberspace, made even more fantastic here by some clever plot twists. It's all so real you're right there with his characters yet he doesn't bore you with over description - that's quite an achievement. His characters are complex and breathe life and aren't just mono dimensional cardboard cutouts - they each have their strengths and frailties. And by the end of the book it all makes sense .... almost .... but leaving you to ponder some aspects of the story. Which is just as it should be :) Well recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1998
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I could seriously not put this book down. I read Neuromancer, which I thought was an awesome book, and I read Count Zero, which was good but sort of boring. Mona Lisa Overdrive however was a true masterpiece true to Gibson. The environment, so dark and un-organic paints a dark picture in your mind that is so real and tangible in a way. Cyberspace and the computer-driven networked world also played so much of a part in this simply amazing imaginary world. When it matches with the characters so nicely you can't discount the book because it's so enthralling. I loved this book and I know a lot of others that did too (although most of them tell me it's a cult following to like Gibson's work).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. D. Fleming on January 31, 2005
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Its 15 years since the straylight run and since "everything in the matrix changed". Case has given up being a cyber cowboy and last heard raising 4 kids. Molly is still around under numerous identities, involved a Casino in Germany but still with an unquenchable thirst for violence, the Fin is dead but running as a construct in cyber space and of course the slightly mixed up, unfathomably powerful and intelligent 3Jane (heir to the huge Tessier Ashpool corp.) is lurking out there in cyberspace pulling numerous strings for her own mysterious/perverted ends.

The book is linked to but does the follow its predecessors - nonetheless, if you've read the others this one will be easier to follow. All the action takes place on earth and the lingo is the same as the other books. Comparatively easy to follow that is except for the end in which the action goes pretty quickly and described from numerous points of view as the 4 stories converge - but being confused is part of the fun and challenge of reading these books.

Another of the main strengths of these books is the portrayal of earth as we know in the future but as a nightmare. This one takes place mainly in the sprawl and dirty old London (which actually seems the same as early 21st century London !) - and again all the settings are very cool. Sadly he doesn't go to much into the seedy nightlife of the future as he did previously (e.g. Case in Tokyo) but my favourite setting in this one is "Dog Solitude" a desolate, probably contaminated wasteland in the sprawl inhabited by one of the main characters into an exaggerated futuristic version of robot wars.

The other strength is the writing. Short, blunt but right on descriptions and (most) characters straight out of the gutter from modern society.
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