The Eighth Circle of Subway

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Competition in a subway - one wrong step and infernal machines turn you into mincemeat. Seven circles of hell, seven circles of the tournament. Did people ever use it just as a transport?

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About Henry Lion Oldie

HENRY LION OLDIE = DMITRY GROMOV + OLEG LADYZHENSKY

Dmitry Gromov and Oleg Ladyzhensky are professional Science Fiction & Fantasy co-authors from Ukraine who write their books under the penname "HENRY LION OLDIE".
From 1991 to 2012 H.L. Oldie had published more than 200 books (including reprints and translations) or more than 40 original books (first prints); as well as several anthologies.
As of today H. L. Oldie had published more than 30 novels, 10 novelettes and more than 70 short stories.
The total amount of all H. L. Oldie's books sold up by September 2012 is more than 1.500.000 copies. H. L. Oldie had obtained more than 30 Russian, Ukrainian and International literary awards and prizes.
At “EuroCon-2006” International European SF & Fantasy Convention H. L. Oldie got a title of The Best European SF & Fantasy Writer of 2006 (ESFS Award): http://esfs.info/esfs-awards-2000.html#2006

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Jnana Hodson reviewed on on July 2, 2019

This futuristic nightmare is set about 40 years after a Russian subway system (and presumably the world's others, too) have been deformed into a deadly gauntlet through dystopian cyber-hacking. The tale follows an underground stampede for survival by Eddy and a group of other "guys" (the word is overused, even in such a short story) as they plunge through something resembling a horrifying subterranean funhouse or a dark computer game come to life.
I'm assuming that Eddy's ordeal reflects a widespread but suppressed fear of underground transit systems, even for daily commuters. There's always some risk along the way, especially at the edge of the platform or entering and exiting a train.
Oldie's inclusion of an oversized intestine as one of the passageways strikes me as apt in an otherwise mechanistic hell.
Translated from Russian, the English and the action can be hard to follow even without "breaks" instead of "brakes" kinds of problems.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
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