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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; New Ed edition (27 Nov. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006480446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006480440
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Gibson is the award-winning author of Neuromancer, Mona Lisa Overdrive, The Difference Engine, with Bruce Sterling, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow's Parties and Pattern Recognition. William Gibson lives in Vancouver, Canada. His latest novel, published by Penguin, is Spook Country (2007).

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‘Brilliant… a delight to read. No one can ever hope to out-Gibson Gibson… A true original’
Sunday Times

‘Gibson’s most accomplished book to date, a futurist hybrid of Fleming and Deighton and Bester’
Time Out

‘Gibson can spin a gripping yarn. He builds up a great head of steam within the first few pages and doesn’t relax until the end’
Times Literary Supplement

‘A chillingly plausible blueprint of the near-future’
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Mona’s pimp sells her to a plastic surgeon in New York and she’s turned overnight into someone else. The pimp winds up dead. Mona weeps for him. She’s a sweet, dumb girl … so far.

But in the depths of the rustbelt, the ring of steel garbage and toxic waste surrounding the Sprawl, Gentry is obsessively seeking the darkest secrets of the Matrix. Seeking rapture. So that when an impossibly tall and powerful skyscraper of data appears suddenly in the landscape of the Matrix, Gentry is ready for it …

And Mona is set for overdrive. Rapture is on the agenda for both of them, but others greedy for money and power will fight them to the death, whatever 'death' means.

“Brilliant … a delight to read. No one can ever hope to out-Gibson Gibson … a true original”
SUNDAY TIMES

“Gibson’s most accomplished book to date, a futurist hybrid of Fleming and Deighton and Bester”
TIME OUT

“Gibson can spin a gripping yarn. He builds up a great head of steam within the first few pages and doesn’t relax until the end”
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By NeuroSplicer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
I have read this masterpiece (together with the other two of the Sprawl series: NEUROMANCER and COUNT ZERO) during my university years, about a decade ago. Since then I have re-read it countless times.

Many a times the third book of a trilogy is published only to fulfill contractual obligations: this is definitely NOT the case here. Every one of those three is a standalone masterpiece.
Sure, the Sprawl trilogy defined cyberspace, wireheads, zaibatsu-controlled society and futuristic discontent. But this is not the reason why one enjoys these novels so much. It is the beautiful poetic language. The syncopated phrases. The direct effect of verbalized brand names. The noir feeling, rare at the time in a SF novel.

William Gibson had already reaped the fame and fortune from his first two novels. In this one you will find his images more bold, his phrases more relaxed and his writing more tight. Absolutely Beautiful!

Even reading only some pages brings up powerful imagery, unforgettable prose...

Start with Neuromancer. Then Count Zero. And finally this one.

A Masterpiece Trilogy!!! Own them all!!!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Oct. 2000
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Gibson unites the themes and characters of Neuromancer and Count Zero in a blaze of icy glory. From the contaminated iron wastelands of the Sprawl to the cold anachronism of an aging London. From the endless internal landscapes of a huge lump of biochip to the attenuated life of the world's biggest star. Gibson takes us on a sad, elegant and sublime journey round the world and inside the dreams of man and machine. If you haven't met Molly, Bobby Zero, the Finn, Angie or 3-Jane before, you'll want to read the first two books to find out about them (They'll linger in your mind until you do). If you're already aquainted, you'll be pleased to hear that Gibson hasn't lost his touch with the either the old folk, or the new, introduced in this book. His themes, characters and style have matured, growing a little more abstract and difficult to handle. But hey, so have I and so does life! Indeed it's the aching similarities between the artificial reality that Gibson has created and the real thing which make this a work of literature and a thing of beauty. FIVE BIG, FAT, JUICY STARS for Mona Lisa Overdrive
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John E. Davidson on 21 Jan. 2005
Format: Paperback
It is a tribute to William Gibson that his vision of the near future was interesting enough to sustain three novels without any apparent strain.
If you liked the first two books in the series (Neuromancer and Count Zero) then you will like this one, for in many ways it is the strongest book of the three.
If you are unfamiliar with the first two books then this is not the place to start. There are too many references that will be incomprehensible.
Recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Doyle on 8 April 2012
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I'm a fan of Gibson, so I'm being kinder here than perhaps I should be, but this was overall a good novel. I think you'd have to be a fan of Gibson's universe to enjoy it so much, but also a word of advice: You should read the books in order (I didn't know that this was the third installment) and the overall narrative will be more enjoyable.

Not comparable to Neuromancer I'm afraid, but you can only make a breakthrough like that once! This book (along with Count Zero) gives a little more of the Neuromancer universe, plus Gibson's fast moving style, which is always a pleasure.
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I knew Gibson's work was one of the "some" that influenced "the Matrix" so I found it too attractive a read to miss it. The writer knows perfectly well how to knit stories and bring characters together and, at the same time, how to keep a reader interested. The world that he depicts is so tuned with the world that is being created that one can do nothing but shudder; I guess that by the time that he wrote it, the similarites with today's world were but insinuated, however, now reality is catching up with fiction... "What is man's mind? Where is it? What is reality? " are questions that echo as the reader turns to a new page...
The whole story reminds me of another book: "Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World" by Haruki Murakami.
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By Paul M on 4 Jun. 2010
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Excellent dystopian views especially of England somewhere neglected in the first two books, it is a reunion of sorts and has a small habit of name dropping previous characters from books who are long gone and are almost irrelevant in this book.

However there is less technocracy in this more of what's outside the big cities and glowing cities of the rich citizens and I feel this makes it much more down to earth than the other books.
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By turner on 25 Oct. 2007
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This along with neuromancer is a showcase for molly. The street samuri comes into her own in this multi layered effort. The sprawl comes alive along with the long reaching tendrils of a long forgotten advisory. All in all a novel light years ahead of it's time.
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By Pedro on 6 April 2015
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Absolutely brilliant. Gibson makes most other Sci-Fi writers look like amateurs. Full of ideas and writes like Elmore Leonard - no higher praise in my book.
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