Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson is a vision of the future that isn’t precisely dystopian, but it also isn’t all that pretty. It is, however, full of novelty and invention. Written in 1986, many of his futuristic imaginings are practically commonplace today, while others are probably only a handful of years from being a reality. Gibson’s prose is quick and biting without any flab. Gibson’s characters are all uniquely his own–a mix of urban tramps, hackers, gangsters, drug addicts, celebrities, and artificial intelligence constructs. A thrilling and imaginative read that makes me want to explore more of the author’s work.