I define Sword-and-sorcery as stories that take place in the, more-or-less traditional, fantasy settings and focuses on the heroes/anti-heroes then instead of a world-event-like plot and the hero/anti-hero is more,.. well, heroic, in the action-hero kinda sense. The world-setting is brutal, and the conflict at the character level, man-against-man, man-against-monster, man-against-the-elements, and/or physical-strength-against-sorcery. These links are the best definitions of S&S, I've ever ran across and I agree with them whole-heartily;
Thank you, GSH for starting my mind down a path I wouldn't have considered otherwise. Other readers and posters on these forums, please contribute:
1. Why isn't there any good new sword and sorcery fantasy?
2. What do you consider sword and sorcery fantasy?
and my contribution:
3. What favorite fantasy stories have a similar feel to sword and sorcery but wouldn't really fit the classification? I think of the "feel" as flat-out entertainment with lots of action, maybe some humor or at least irony, and absolutely there must be a swashbuckling hero (I'm thinking of Conan, not Errol Flynn).
So, any suggestions?