I was thoroughly disappointed by the clunky, unintuitive interface they had presented in their first version, but it seems the team actually listened to feedback.
It now has a river of news view, making it much easier to quickly scan new items, it seems a lot faster and it seems a lot more in sync with the overall look of Google products like GMail or their calendar.
Congratulations to the team for making the reader usable and an actual competitor to the present number one reader Bloglines.
By the way, they made a video explaining the use of an RSS reader to people who are new to the subject. Nice. I took the liberty to post it, so you can watch it right here: