I don’t have much experience with news readers, so I really can’t tell a good one from a poor one.
They are fun to tinker with, for a few minutes anyway. Beyond that I usually lose interest and they gather metaphorical dust somewhere in my system.
If you’ve had a different experience though, you might find newsbeuter interesting.
It’s incredibly easy to set up — just paste feed URLs into a configuration file and start it up. From there, most of the controls are listed on-screen.
Again, I don’t know a good feed reader from a bad one, so maybe it’s not worth the effort … as little as that is.
On the other hand, some folks take newsbeuter quite seriously, and given the impending departure of Google Reader, it might be worth making a transition.
But you can decide. It might be easy to set up newsbeuter and it might take over all your Google Reader responsibilities, but there may be something better out there.