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Mona Lisa Overdrive Mass Market Paperback – February 6, 1997
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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.
In a dilapidated section of New Jersey, Slick Henry makes large animated robotic sculptures out of scrap metal. He owes Kid Afrika a favor, so now he has to hide the comatose body of Bobby Newmark (aka "Count Zero"). Bobby is jacked into an Aleph where he's got some secret project going on. A Cleveland girl named Cherry Chesterfield is Bobby's nurse.
Kumiko is the daughter of a Japanese Yakuza crime boss. Her father has sent her to live in London while the Yakuza war is going on. There she meets Gibson's most iconic character, Molly Millions, who's going by the name Sally Shears. Molly is being blackmailed by Lady 3Jane, so Kumiko inadvertently gets dragged into the kidnapping plot.
Mona Lisa Overdrive contains several exciting action scenes which feature kidnappings, shoot-outs, helicopter escapes, remote-controlled robot warriors, collapsing catwalks, and falling refrigerators. These are loosely connected by the continuation and conclusion of the AI plot which began in Neuromancer. I wasn't completely satisfied with the sketchy ending or the wacky reveal on the last page, but that's okay. I was mainly reading Mona Lisa Overdrive for the style, anyway.
So much of Gibson's style and success stems from the mesmerizing world he's built -- a future Earth in which national governments have been replaced by large biotech companies.Read more ›
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This is a very fine novel, by a master of sci-fi who will in the future be recognized as a litterateur as well. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
It's a classic that does not disappoint - the whole trilogy should be read and it would be hard to understand this book without the context of the first two.Published 1 month ago by James A. Brace
Fun read makes you think about the future of the cyber world of the '80sPublished 1 month ago by Fancy doesit
Inevitably I had to compare this to Neuromancer which deserved a re-read for me. In this work I feel like Gibson was trying so hard to say something that there was no opportunity... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Trundlebike
Wish all of Gibson's books flowed as well as this one.Published 4 months ago by Machinery's Handbook
Gibson's best work. Ok, maybe they're all his best, but Mona is my favorite. It's a love story really. Bobby and Angie, Slick and Cherry, Gentry and the matrix, Mona and fame.Published 4 months ago by Kimo