If The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ had been written by anyone other than the author of the fantastic His Dark Materials trilogy, I would not have picked it up. The publisher's summary of the premise made the book sound, frankly, clunky and insipid. However, my confidence in Pullman was rewarded: the book is a good book, easy and fluid, and actually quite interesting to read. I finished it in an hour, and think it an hour well spent in a time when my excursions into fiction are rare. I don't like spoilers, so I'll confine my comments to this endorsement.