What other roleplaying author besides Gygax impressed you with their writing?
Well, I wasn't impressed by Gygax as a writer. I enjoyed the Empire of the Petal Throne by M.A.R. Barker a lot more. That book was full of fascinating and inventive ideas unlike anything else out there. Everything in it was fresh and unusual, totally breaking from the classic fantasy tropes. I'd rather play EPT than any of the pre-AD&D version of D&D. Other games I enjoyed just reading included Paranoia, which is still a fun read, and CthulhuTech.