Feast angered me with the lack of all my fave characters (Dany, Tyrion, hopefully someone on stannis's side of things). Did have Jamie (Now with flair).
I'm psyched about Dance though, I don't know if I'll go to school the week it comes out.
To address the long wait, I think I heard Martin was originally going to have the series set back by 5 years, and he wanted the release dates to affec that. We know that isn't true in story, so I'm not for sure.
It is a very good series, but I'm starting to wish he'd get on with it. He could have cut 2 full books if he would have just left out the intricate descriptions of the crest and lineage of the family from east Pakiraqiranistan with a seagreen emlem of a burnt orange dog crapping on a dandelion that never appears anywhere in any book ever again. Aside from that, I'd put it in the top 5 fantasy series, too.