Recently, I was looking for books on cut-paper art. In particular, I was looking at this one:
Artful Paper Dolls
Here's one of the one-star reviews:
"This was not at all what I expected and in some cases a little creepy. The idea of creating paper doll images by using different items such as photos,magazine cutouts,newspaper clips,feathers, etc. seemed like fun - but then he gets into jointed paper dolls that look more like marionettes with limbs way out of proportion, using exotic bird heads on top of female bodies, sad and angry childrens photo faces on magazine bodies and finally let's not forget the skeletons 'dressed up' in clothes and the 'ever so mirthful' shrine dolls. Some of the book is good and I'm sure the artists showcased are well respected in their fields.. but I'm involved with this type of collage art to create 'happy' or 'contemplative'designs - not stuff that makes me wince when I see it."
Fantastic, I thought. Just what I'm looking for. Because the last thing I'm interested in is 'happy' art.
So there we have an example of a one star review selling a book. You can never tell when a terrible review will actually end up working in your favour ...