Who are we?

Dottie Smith is the co-founder of student troupe Digital Scum, working as the head writer and performer. She’s from England.  An only child of a punk rock mother, she realised at an early age that she was cursed with two terrible gifts – namely, sarcasm and an imagination.  Enjoying the freedom of writing and performing, she navigated through tough times at her four schools, before leaving home to study in the far off land of Norfolk. Getting all that she required in Norfolk, she has now ventured into the mysterious city of London.  She’s a Capricorn who enjoys reading books of any kind, fantasy television, and writing about herself in the third person. She also swears more than Deb Morgan on a bad day.

This blog features her text reviews of books and the occasional personal meltdown.  She’s recently finished reviewing the Sookie Stackhouse books, and is currently looking at the Anita Blake Series by Laurell K. Hamilton.


Dottie’s twitter can be found here. Follow her. Talk to her. We swear she doesn’t bite…

A certain Miss Cecila Hammay has also been known to review. She would have a bio up, but she’s being very lazy about it.

A Very Special Message from We Two

Here, at Dottie Smith’s Verbal Menagerie, we aim to be as objective as possible. We do not attack authors; we attack bad writing. We never aim to insult authors themselves; we may rage and scream at their work, but as far as we’re concerned, the authors are perfectly cool. All reviews are written in character from the webshow – while we write how we feel, language and the such is in the tone of characters, not our personal methods of speech.

We aim to defend the English language from improper usage. Do not use it improperly to bash people. Verbal Menagerie encourages discussion, not abuse. We do not permit the use of offensive language – unless it is appropriate to the themes being discussed in what is currently being reviewed.

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