My rating: 3 of 5 stars
You Only Live Twice is the eleventh James Bond book, and the third of the Blofeld trilogy.
Once again Blofeld is the main villain of the peace, and once again Blofeld only really appears in the the latter parts of the novel.
After reading the previous two novels in the Blofeld trilogy this has become a recurrent theme so it almost seems natural to actually hear more about him and the bad things that he has done rather than actually witness much of this villainy at first hand.
This book is set eight months after the events in OHMSS and, as you can imagine, Bond is pretty pissed off with the world in general and is shipped off on a mission which they feel he cannot balls up far, far away. Of course this ends up as a bit of a revenge mission for Bond for the death of his wife.
A lot of the book is taken up with lengthy descriptions of Japanese culture and customs and sometimes comes across as a treatise on the various uses of various flora and fauna.
This is almost unrecognisable from the film of the same name aside from some of the characters, although even the majority of them only really share the same name as the character from the novel and, even though, little actually happens for a lot of this novel I found it more captivating than I ever did the movie version.