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Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson
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Mona Lisa Overdrive (original 1988; edition 1989)

by William Gibson

Series: Sprawl (3)

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William Gibson, author of the extraordinary multiaward-winning novel Neuromancer, has written his most brilliant and thrilling work to date . . .The Mona Lisa Overdrive.   Enter Gibson's unique world--lyric and mechanical, sensual and violent, sobering and exciting--where multinational corporations and high tech outlaws vie for power, traveling into the computer-generated universe known as cyberspace.  Into this world 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 Yazuka, the powerful Japanese underworld, whose leaders ruthlessly manipulate people and events to suit their own purposes . . . or so they think.… (more)
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Title:Mona Lisa Overdrive
Authors:William Gibson
Info:Spectra (1989), Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:cyber-punk

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Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson (1988)

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Sure read like a script for the Matrix movie!
  wduncan2 | Jul 11, 2020 |
Typical Gibson: brilliant throughout and I can barely tell how it ended. (Loved the incorporation of previous characters, though, which never felt forced). ( )
  goliathonline | Jul 7, 2020 |
the AI behind it all
  ritaer | May 10, 2020 |
Can't really pretend that I fully understood this novel. It is about the nature of reality and interdependence right?

Four seemingly independent stories all come together at the end of the book but I must admit that I did not feel that satisfied at the end. It probably didn't help that I was rushing to finish the book in my lunch hour, I had 46 pages left - I didn't just want a few left.

I had also not read the first two books of the trilogy which would probably have helped.

Are dreams real or is life just a dream? Are we all figments of each other's imaginations? I think that is what the author is trying to say.

What do you think? ( )
  mick745 | Apr 8, 2020 |
Re-read
  JohnLavik | Mar 29, 2020 |
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Gibson, Williamprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Arconada, José B.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bonnefoy, JeanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cholewa, Piotr W.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cormier, WilCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Häilä, ArtoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kornya, ZsoltTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stone, SteveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The ghost was her father's parting gift, presented by a black-clad secretary in a departure lounge at Narita.
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The world hadn't ever had so many moving parts or so few labels. [Mona: 231]
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