Yeah. There really isn't much reason either of those books needed to be as long as they were. There is a reason most of these events were intended to be skimmed over in flashbacks originally. One book comprised just of the important stuff happening to just the important characters would have been plenty and probably much stronger. Here's hoping the next couple are a return to form.
Important things happened in the last two books? You could have fooled me.
All I remember is Dany sitting on her ass doing nothing and Tyrion riding a pig. Also lots and lots of desciption of food by Martin.