William Gibson: Mona Lisa Overdrive

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Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988), the third novel in Gibson’s Sprawl Trilogy after Neuromancer and Count Zero, did not meet with the same ecstatic reception amongst his fans that the first two had enjoyed. The numerous crisscrossing plots, the toned-down references to cyberspace, and the multiple and unconvincing characters left readers confused and perplexed as to the message this book attempted to convey. Gibson, as quoted in Mikhal Gilmore’s review “The Rise of Cyberpunk” in Rolling Stone (1986), said that this novel “won’t be an exactly linear sequel. Actually, it’s my hope that when I finish this, I will have three books that work independently of one another, that can be …

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Rapatzikou, Tatiani. "Mona Lisa Overdrive". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 February 2005
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