Campus by Anik LaChev

Anik LaChev took her time with this story, that’s for sure. Seven years, to be exact.

Well, I shouldn’t complain – I’m one of those lucky souls who stumbled upon this somewhere around chapter IX (there are thirteen, in all) so it was only (?!) two or three years of waiting for me.

I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve reread Campus. At least four of those times it was unavoidable – if I wanted to follow a newly arrived chapter a year later I had to brush up my memories.

The fact I didn’t give up on it, plus the fact I reread it at least five or six times more simply for the pleasure of it should be a clue enough: Campus was definitely worth waiting for.

There are quite a few well chosen and well prepared ingredients that make this story a perfect meal. First of all, the somewhat exotic, academic setting in the ex-Eastern Germany city of Leipzig. Then, of course, as the main course – our characters, one of whom is the double hit on the perennial fantasies (the beautiful, accomplished professor who is also the boss); the other the Uberish version of Seven of Nine (nuff said).
As a side dish, the many vivid, beautifully crafted supporting roles that are simply crawling out of the pages.

Is this Uber? The author is certainly not running away from it (even the somewhat clumsy title illustration pictures Janeway and 7 of 9). Still, I can not but wish that author pushed herself just a little bit more and turned away from the ready-mades. The story she wove, the many other original characters she’d created certainly deserve that. Oh, what the hell – to tell the truth, if it weren’t for that silly illustration and her disclaimers I wouldn’t even look for Janeway and Seven of Nine in Lil and Johanna.

Of course, Campus is a love story first and foremost. But, I have always admired the fiction which managed to teach me something without preaching or being overbearing on the issues that matter to the author.

Learning about the intricate ways of the academia, the city of Leipzig, some aspects of the classical music, or Italian and Hungarian cooking has been almost as satisfying as the searing hot love story she delivers.

I love finding authors like this one – where I can snuggle comfortably in a story, trust the author to deliver me safely to the end of the trip while teaching me about the landscape on the way.

Anik LaChev certainly knows how to weave a story. As her other stories prove, she is the Master of Angst. Perhaps one or two hand-wringing situations felt a bit forced or unnecessary, but overall Campus is a joy to read.

One of my top five stories of all time…

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3 comments

  1. Agreed! Campus is just so well written, amazing the author's first language isn't even English! Probably one of my very favourites too!

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    • I read Campus at least 1-2 times each year thanks to a saved copy I happened to make once upon a time. And I fall in love with the storytelling and the characters every time I reread it. My heartfelt desire is to support the author due to my heartfelt gratitude for the beautiful universe she created which I get to visit, and which continues to enchant me after over a decade. I greatly admire the romance and timelessness of this story. Every time I read it it seems like the first time, and I am truly sad and in denial when it is over.

      Anik, won’t you give us an opportunity to buy your novel in print, or maybe even help fund a new installment to this online? Though, maybe just a small one, so maybe we needn’t wait 7 years again for a finale? 😂

      There is Patreon now, for example, where we can help support your writing efforts financially. I would pay seriously good money to know what Eliane and Joanna are doing today, and would be glad to be a beta reader for you as well. Please?

      Fellow fans, I’m sorely tempted to create a community of sorts to keep all of us Campus lovers together and rooting for Anik. There still have to be a few of us out there who are in love with this narrative still. Anyone else in?

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