Well, SOB! They did it. Google actually pulled the trigger and put and end to one of the most useful apps to ever grace the internet.
Today, Google Reader is just a distant memory and a small page on Wikipedia.
Not that I want to even want to think about life without "the reader", but we do have to go on. For the past few months I've been using Feedly - Your News, RSS, Google Reader (Though they really should drop that mention of Google Reader from their description if they expect us to get over this loss)... And it's actually really good! My only wish would be that Feedly supported a search option of your feeds, of course, like Google Reader used to.