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Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson

Mona Lisa Overdrive (original 1988; edition 1989)

by William Gibson

Series: Sprawl (3)

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Title:Mona Lisa Overdrive
Authors:William Gibson
Info:Spectra (1989), Edition: later printing, Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
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Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson (1988)


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The final book in the Sprawl series does a nice job of bringing the stories of the first two books together in a grand finale. The action is intense. Everything in these books is intense, but this final chapter, especially the climactic ending is a whole new level of intense.
I have been aware of this book by it's title for several decades and have to say that I have always like the sound of it. It's great to finally read it and to not be disappointed that the book matches up so well with it. ( )
  Eric.Cone | Sep 28, 2017 |
I think Gibson coined the word cyberspace or if not he certainly brought it into common usage. In this book he tells the story of Mona and the Sense/Net star Angie Mitchell who can tap into cyberspace without a computer. Gibson's writing is dark but he does tell a good yarn. ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 16, 2017 |
Lumea complicată a lui William Gibson – tehnică şi poetică în acelaşi timp, ameţitoare şi dezolantă – revine şi în acest ultim volum al seriei. De această dată, personajul central este Mona, o tânără prostituată dependentă de droguri care caută o cale de salvare din mizeria propriei existenţe.

Destinul ei se intersectează cu altele, strălucitoare sau la fel de sumbre, însă vegheate fără încetare de conştiinţa enigmatică şi dominantă a reţelei virtuale care dublează realitatea. Iar pentru controlul asupra acestei matrice se înfruntă şi acum, la fel ca în volumele anterioare, hackeri marginali şi companii multinaţionale malefice.

În mod surprinzător şi memorabil, îl reîntâlnim aici şi pe faimosul Conte Zero, aflat într-o stare de comă indusă după ce personalitatea sa a fost transferată complet într-un mediu digital care poate conţine toată informaţia disponibilă în univers – o neliniştitoare perspectivă asupra viitorului umanităţii şi al tehnologiei.
  thebblack | Jun 23, 2017 |
Excellent speculative/science fiction. William successfully predicted cyberspace before it was in vogue, or even possible, coining the term and idea of cyberpunk. ( )
  Marc_Mccune | Apr 11, 2016 |
Taking place eight years after the events of Count Zero and fifteen years after Neuromancer, the story is formed from several interconnecting plot threads, and also features characters from Gibson's previous works (such as Molly Millions, the razor-fingered mercenary street samurai from Neuromancer).

One of the plot threads concerns Mona, an innocent young prostitute who has a more-than-passing resemblance to famed Simstim superstar Angie Mitchell. Mona is hired by shady individuals for a "gig" which later turns out to be part of a plot to abduct Angie.

The second story focuses on a young Japanese girl named Kumiko, daughter of a Yakuza boss sent to London to keep her safe while her father engages in a gang war with other top Yakuza leaders. In London she is cared for by one of her father's retainers, who is also a powerful member of the London Mob. She meets Molly Millions (having altered her appearance and now calling herself "Sally Shears," in order to conceal her identity from hostile parties who are implied to be pursuing her), who takes the girl under her wing.

The third story thread follows a reclusive artist named Slick Henry, who lives in the "Rust Belt," a large, poisoned expanse of deserted factories and dumps somewhere between Cleveland and Chicago, and who is a convicted (and punished) car thief. As a result of the repetitive brainwashing nature of his punishment, he spends his days creating large robotic sculptures and periodically suffers episodes of time loss, returning to consciousness afterward with no memory of what he did during the blackout. He is hired by an acquaintance to look after the comatose "Count" (Bobby Newmark from the second novel, "Count Zero," who has hooked himself into a super-capacity cyber-harddrive called an Aleph). A theoretical "Aleph" would have the RAM memory capacity to literally contain all the data of reality. Enough that a memory construct of a person to contain the complete personality of the individual, and allow it to learn, grow and act independently. The final plot line follows Angela Mitchell, famous Simstim star and the girl from the second Sprawl novel Count Zero. Angie, thanks to brain manipulations by her father when she was a child, has always has had the ability to access cyberspace directly (without a cyberspace deck), but drugs provided by her production company Sense/Net have severely impeded this ability.

The story of the reclusive artist that makes cybernetic sculptures is a reference to Mark Pauline of Survival Research Labs.[1]
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Arconada, José B.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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Living in the vast computer landscape of cyberspace, young Mona taps into the mind of world-famous Sense/Net star Angie Mitchell who deciphers cyperspace plans, including those devised by Japanese underworld.

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