Mona Lisa Overdrive

Mona Lisa Overdrive

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by William Gibson, Jonathan Davis
     
 

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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, erotic and violent, sobering and exciting—where multinational corporations and high tech outlaws vie for power, traveling

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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, erotic 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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Able to enter the vast data network known as ``cyberspace'' at will, Sense/Net celebrity Angie Mitchell becomes the center of a bizarre kidnap/murder scheme in which her only allies are the daughter of a Japanese mobster, a cybernetically enhanced assassin, and a computer ``cowboy'' who lives entirely in the confines of cyberspace. Gibson's dazzling, high-tech prose enhances the drama of this sequel to Count Zero . Recommended for sf collections. JC
Thomas Disch
The new novel has plenty of flash...quick, high-intensity glimpses that linger on the retina of the imagination. -- New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455861699
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
11/20/2012
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
7.12(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Williams Gibson was the first author to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick award also known as the “triple crown” of Science Fiction, on his debut novel Neuromancer. He lives in Canada and continues to write award winning critically acclaimed science fiction.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Date of Birth:
March 17, 1948
Place of Birth:
Conway, South Carolina
Education:
B.A., University of British Columbia, 1977

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Mona Lisa Overdrive 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 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...
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Chantal_Aimee More than 1 year ago
Mona Lisa Overdrive is a very interesting novel. I do have to say William Gibson is one of the authors that has stepped over the line of political correctness in literature. The way he throws around sexuality and curse words is distasteful, even if it creates a realistic environment in our current time. I hate to say it, but his style facilitates the presentation of some very intuitive concepts about the world today. The creativity in the plot and new genre is impeccably different. Most stories have been told before but with a little different plot each time, however reading this book had me curious what was going to happen next. Mona Lisa Overdrive is hard to get into, especially if you have not read a William Gibson book before. Gibson uses this technique of writing two or more stories and them splitting them up into chapters. After that he intertwines them to make a book. This makes it especially hard for procrastinators like me to read his books because once they get back to reading the book, they forget what happened and need to reread. This book has four stories going on at once which makes it hard to get into and understand. Another thing that makes Gibson's books hard to read is his metaphors that go on for .oh about half a page, which is another short attention span folly of the currant generations. Conclusively I state, that the more you read his books, the easier they are to comprehend and follow. Personally, I secretly started to enjoy the formatting of his books because it added an element of mystery to my love of sifi. Although, If I were to rate this book on a scale from 1 to 5, I would give it a 3 because it is not very reader friendly.
Moodswing More than 1 year ago
Borrow it or go to the library, but definitely read it before you buy it. Everything I read about this book painted is as some kind of revolutionary book that screams cyberpunk. I couldn't find the cyber. As for the punk, I don't know where it was hiding. I think 10-15 years ago this book would have blown minds. In 2009 it's rife with antique ideas and a limited view of cyber-society. I think the whole point of this novel was to wow the reader with crazy future inventions like "downloadable interactive movies" (MMO anyone) the proliferation of drugs (oh and plastic surgery). Like any older "future" story the future is stranger than they ever imagined. I like fantasy, I like some sci-fi, and I'm a fan of alternate reality fiction. For me it was like reading circa 1900 story about futuristic steam powered cars.