I don't mind it, but from a design point of view the images are obviously not from the same package and don't really match the feel of the rest of the skin. The buttons within a thread for various buttons are glossy and grey with orange, but then the new icons for subscribed threads and jumping to the new posts in a thread don't match. The green with purple scheme is a little odd, but the banner is nice.
Seems like in Forum view you can see less topics on one screen under the new system then you could before. I could be wrong, but it seems like they're consuming more vertical space each.
On top of that, having the google ads below the banner ad doubles the amount of space consumed by the adverts. I'd rather see an advert panel on the left side or the right side (like most people I have more horizontal space than vertical). Perhaps if the google adverts were side by side with the banner ad it would be better too.
And of course, having the banner adverts in the banner like they used to be would be an improvement too.
What's so new about the look? It's just different. I like the new quote buttons and I'm very happy to still have enough vision to be able to read the small text of the site. Would be great to have a "large text" setting.