Mona Lisa Overdrive

Mona Lisa Overdrive

by William Gibson

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553281743
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1997
Series: Sprawl Trilogy Series , #3
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 79,428
Product dimensions: 4.17(w) x 6.86(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

William Gibson is credited with having coined the term "cyberspace" and having envisioned both the Internet and virtual reality before either existed. He is the author of NeuromancerCount Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive, Burning Chrome, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow's Parties, Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, Zero History, Distrust That Particular Flavor, and The Peripheral. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife.


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Date of Birth:

March 17, 1948

Place of Birth:

Conway, South Carolina


B.A., University of British Columbia, 1977

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Mona Lisa Overdrive 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Mona Lisa Overdrive, cyberpunk godfather William Gibson attempts to bring his high-flying Sprawl trilogy to a soft landing. Gibson re-introduces characters from the first two books of the series (Neuromancer and Count Zero) and brings them together with new characters while continuing to pursue his loose plot involving the evolution of artifical life. Gibson paints a bleak near-future landscape and populates it with edgy characters. The plot moves at a brisk clip, and Gibson's prose is typically poetic, but the ending, like those of many of Gibson's offerings, is unsatisfying. It still won't distract you from enjoying an otherwise great read.
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson Mona Lisa Overdrive is a cyberpunk novel by William Gibson published in 1988 and the final novel of the Sprawl trilogy, following Neuromancer and Count Zero. Taking place eight years after the events of Count Zero and fifteen years after Neuromancer, the story is formed from several interconnecting plot threads. A young Japanese girl named Kumiko, daughter of a Yakuza boss is 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, Roger Swain, 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. A reclusive artist named Slick Henry, who lives in a place named Factory in the Dog Solitude; a large, poisoned expanse of deserted factories and dumps, perhaps in New Jersey. Slick Henry 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. His friends Gentry and Little Gird, help him take care of the place. He is hired by Kid Afrika, to whom he owes a big favor, 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 capacity to literally contain all of reality, enough that a memory construct of a person would contain the complete personality of the individual and allow it to learn, grow and act independently. The "Count" comes with a med tech, Cherry Chesterfield. Mona, (Mona Lisa) an innocent young prostitute who has a more-than-passing resemblance to famed Simstim superstar Angie Mitchell. Her pimp, Eddy, sells her to perform a "gig" which later turns out to be part of a plot to abduct Angie. She is given plastic surgery by Gerald Chin, who turns Mona into Angie. Angela (Angie) 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 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 is told from the third person point of view, but half the time I did not know who was "she" or "he". It reads slowly, but perhaps it had a lot to do with the fact that I did not read the book in its intended order...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always good to return to source material. Amazing how this book still resonates decades later.
mckall08 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
IMHO the best of the Sprawl series. The great plot with well developed interesting characters is not overburdened with techno references that can be confusing to even those who read the previous books.
Awfki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having read Neuromancer, Burning Chrome and Count Zero about 15 years ago reading this was a fantastic journey back into that world. It's an excellent book but I very much suggest reading the other two as well. And don't leave 15 years between them.
garnifeast on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A true iconoclast. One of the earlier books that defined cyberpunk. A must read.
elenchus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gibson's now customary interleaving of separate plotlines, merging only at the end -- though in Mona Lisa Overdrive two threads mesh well before the others. (Here there are 4 plotlines, in other novels Gibson limits himself to 3.) His approach affords an opportunity to tell a tale not only from various perspectives (character, setting) but also from varying frames, and these also become customary in later novels: extreme wealth / economic power; art and perception (loosely aligned with phenomenalism); social organisation typically manifested as corporations, crime syndicates, and to a much lesser extent political institutions. Information and technology suffuse each of these. It's an integrated vision and while plot becomes much more attenuated in the Blue Ant trilogy, upon second reading it's evident this vision makes the Sprawl novels other than straight genre fiction. A strong impression Gibson is working to similar purpose in later novels, though the packaging and writing are increasingly refined.Notable that throughout the Sprawl novels, Gibson uses New Yen as the successor to the US dollar, at least as cash currency vital to the informal and black market economies. Though he doesn't provide other detail it's clearly a profound change in realpolitik and though he doesn't select the Yuan, it's evidence he wasn't blinkered by a strictly Cold War mindset as some critiques suggest.//synopsis | Kumiko is sent to London to avoid a Yakuza war at home and meets up with Sally Shears (aka Molly). Molly follows through on her basic distrust of Swain, her current employer and warden to Kumi. Cherry arrives in Dog Solitude with a comatose client, calling in a chip owed by Slick Henry. Slick and his friend Gentry are drawn to the patient, each in his own way. Angie Mitchell comes out of rehab and wonders whether the voices she's heard since childhood (CNS biosoft? ghosts?) might be more important than her stimsoft career. Mona Lisa leaves Cleveland with Eddy, whose perpetual need to pull off a big con threatens to sink them both. (Molly bridges two of these plotlines about halfway through the book.)
tjrandall79 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
the best of the Neuromancer novels and a fitting end to the 'trilogy'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lot of detail told in a very minimalist way. Requires an imagination. Loved it
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